Beginner’s guide to indoor track meet preparation

Eight weeks. Eight track meets. From February to March 2018, the coordinator for the Robert W. Plaster Center walked the equivalent of going from Pittsburg to Greensburg, Kansas – and back. Most likely, he walked even longer than that.

National Author’s Day

Originally posted: October 1, 2017 On National Author’s Day, November 1, we’re featuring our favorite places to check out new authors, grab a new book from your favorite one, or…

Buttons available for Little Balkans Days

The 36th Annual Little Balkans Days Festival in Pittsburg, Kansas is scheduled for August 28 through September 5, 2021. Numerous activities will be available, including an Arts, Crafts & Food Show, live music, as well as the return of “Button Events”.

Fried chicken paradise

Since the 1930’s travelers have asked why fried chicken is so popular in the area. It’s a story about a delicious, inexpensive family meal, and survival.

An Annual Boom Town

Celebrate our Independence in Small Town U.S.A.  Situated in extreme northwest Crawford County, sits Hepler, Kansas. This sleepy, little hamlet was once the Hay Capital of Kansas, complete with schools,…

Croce Plays Croce Downtown Concert

The 2021 Little Balkans Days Festival in Pittsburg, Kansas is host to a special night of music on Saturday, September 4 starting at 8 p.m.

Amazon Army Centennial Speaker Series

For three days in December 1921, thousands of wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, and sweethearts of striking miners marched in protest. FRANKLIN, Kan. – Shaft coal mines in Southeast Kansas were deadly. Pay was low. Laws protected owners, not laborers. For three days in December 1921, thousands of wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, and sweethearts of striking miners marched in protest. Being a women’s march, it made national headlines. Throughout 2021, the “Amazon Army” and related stories are being retold.

National Nature Photography Day – June 15

As a child growing up in Crawford County, the day that the National Geographic magazine arrived at our home each month was the day that I curled up on the couch and traveled the world.

Plaster Center: If you build it, they will come

This week, the Plaster Center staff are rolling out the “green carpet” to vendors and attendees of the 36th Annual Four State Farm Show at what just might be the largest event that the building has hosted to date. 

Fishing For a Good Time

On an early spring day that seemed made for fishing, Tom Pebley, of Kansas City, cast his lure into one of the more than 1,000 strip pits that dot Crawford County.

Four State Farm Show planned for May at PSU

Four State Farm Show organizers are once again planning to hold the three-day event on the campus of Pittsburg State University in May after having had to cancel last year’s show due to the pandemic.

100 year celebration of the Amazon Army

An exhibit at Miners Hall Museum in Franklin tells this story, which received national attention, and honors these women who marched to end unfair labor practices in local mines.

The Coldest Gorilla Century Ever

More than 460 cyclists took part in an annual ride through Crawford and Cherokee counties. Normally held in September, this year’s ride was in October – and it was cold.

Weir Coal Camp featured in Miners Hall Museum quarterly exhibit

Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, KS is proud to announce the 2020 Third Quarterly Exhibit, “Little Balkans Coal Camp: Weir” opening July 1 and continuing through September 26, 2020. The regular programs will have changes due to the pandemic. These programs may be made available virtually.

Bone Creek Reservoir Fishing Tournament Update

day night catch-and-release tournaments at Bone Creek Reservoir between Fort Scott and Pittsburg provide an opportunity for anglers and youngsters alike to practice social distancing, get outdoors, and have some fun.

Four State Farm Show

The premier agricultural event in the region since 1975. Features 700 exhibits and agricultural equipment. Free to attend.

COVID-19 shuts down NCBA Division II Post Season

Unfortunately the impacts of the CoronaVirus and the most up-to-date measures to prevent spread have now terminally impacted the NCBA’s chances of hosting any NCBA Division II post season activities.

Pittsburg Area Farmers’ Market to open May 9 with safety measures in place

The Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Department has implemented new procedures at the market to ensure the safety of patrons and vendors, including protective barriers, markings to indicate a six-foot distance between customers, and a hand-washing station. The market will also be limited to 40 people at one time.

Newsletter to promote regional events

A new monthly email will help promote signature events occurring throughout Southeast Kansas. Southeast Kansas Tourism Region (SEKTR) is a joint cooperative of area attractions, chambers, visitors bureaus, and others, and will begin sending out their new email newsletter the last week of each month.

Cherokee Fall Festival Homecoming schedule announced

The 2019 Cherokee Fall Festival Homecoming is scheduled for the weekend of September 6-8 and will include Bingo, a Men’s Beauty Pageant, Parade, Dodge Ball, an Antique Tractor Pull, and a Home Run Derby.

Pitt State club team vies for World Series

For the fifth year in a row, the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is bringing the National Club Baseball Association Division II World Series to Jaycee Ballpark. And, for the second year in a row, the Pittsburg State club team has a chance to win it all on their home turf.

Travel generates $10 billion in Kansas

This is National Travel & Tourism Week, a celebration of a growing sector in the Kansas economy. In Kansas, travel is a $10 billion industry, sustaining more than 94,000 jobs across the state…

Miners Hall Museum celebrates Frontenac

Media release from Miners Hall Museum FRANKLIN, Kan. – Miners Hall Museum has announced its 2019 First Quarter Exhibit, “Little Balkans Coal Camps – Celebrate Frontenac”. Opening January 2nd and continuing through…

Albers Marine Annual Outdoor Show

This annual Outdoors show features boating, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor recreation, and is usually held the weekend prior to the NFL’s Super Bowl. Dates: TBASaturday’s schedule: 9:00 am –…

Indoor Track & Field Championships

Winters are a busy time at the Robert W. Plaster Center, the home of several league, regional, and national indoor track and field championships, including junior college (NJCAA), NAIA, NCAA,…

Pumpkin Patches

Crawford County has three pumpkin patches open through October, each offering something different for visitors.

NCBA D2 World Series 2018

Congratulations to San Diego State on their 2018 National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) Division II World Series Championship. The Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau was proud to bring this…

Mules in the Mines: The Unsung Heroes

An unsung hero in pre-steam power, pre-electricity United States, the mule was a catalyst for growth in many American industries. Agriculture, transportation, military, mining, and power industries all found a…

Then and Now: Crawford County’s Department Stores

Despite competition with online shopping options, today’s shoppers are still heavily reliant on brick and mortar department stores. Historically, department stores have provided customers with irreplaceable shopping comforts: seeing the…

Happy Walnut Day

Happy Walnut Day! We’re nuts about our small towns in Crawford County and on National Walnut Day we’re celebrating Walnut, Kansas, population 220. Walnut was originally called Glenwood, in 1874,…

A Passion to Teach – A Passion to Care

At Pittsburg State University’s Spring Commencement this morning, you are bound to see several graduation caps decorated with glittering apples, rulers, pencils, and the like. It’s likely that the wearer…

2017 Faces of Tourism in Crawford County

Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director B.J. Harris understands the importance of tourism to Kansas: “Tourism in our area is crucial to overall economic development. Not only does…

Treasuring Local Art

Often encompassing the spirit and uniqueness of the community, local art is something to treasure. Since last spring, downtown Pittsburg has been the home of a local art gallery created…

Hotel Stilwell History

The Hotel Stilwell’s history runs back to 1889, when a board of trade sought funds to build a high-class, metropolitan hotel to rival those in Chicago and St. Louis. Funds…