The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 1997 · Page 76
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 76

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 4, 1997
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41 SUNDAY^ MAY 4, T997 SALiNA TOtmSSR/8 THE SALINA JOURNAL Lacking a huge tourist draw, Salina can serve as base for central Kansas visit By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal alina doesn't have an arch. There are no national parks. It does have I a Broadway, but it's not the Broadway. Salina doesn't have a huge draw. One is on the way, the Rolling Hills Refuge Wildlife Conservation Center, but until it arrives next year, Salina draws a blank. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything to attract tourists, said Sylvia Rice, vice president of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. For year-round attractions, there's the Smoky Hill Museum, the Bicentennial Center, the Salina Art Center, the Smoky Hill Vineyard and Winery, the Central Mall shopping district and the Salina Community Theatre. For events that can bring thousands into Salina, there's the Smoky Hill River Festival, the Bygone Days at the Central Kansas Flywheels Museum, the Tri- Rivers Fair, Santa Fe Days, the agriculture shows at the Bicentennial Center and the hundreds of sporting events and tournaments. And the chamber also brags on Salina's parks and Municipal Golf Course to attract visitors, Rice said. "There is a different park for each group," Rice said. "A lot of people ask about the whole (Smoky Hill) river area." One park in particular, Lakewood, tends to draw a lot of attention because it is so well-suited to school field trips with its Lakewood Nature Center. The challenge is to create a package for the many different groups that call on Salina for entertainment, Rice said. The chamber serves as a local, regional and statewide reference site. It's easier to do in some seasons, such as the summer, when many of the larger events such as the festival take place. "All the things put together can create a great experience," she said. That won't be as big a problem when the refuge opens, Rice said, because it will be open year-round and can act as a centerpiece to a trip. "It will impact all other hotels and all the other events around here," she said. "It's an added card in the deck. You have to have some kind of a hook." The chamber also relies on big draws in the area to promote Salina, Rice said. The events affect Salina's economy because many times visitors will stay in the city and travel to Lindsborg or Abilene. The Brookville Hotel in BrookvUle, the Eisenhower Center in Abilene and the Lindsborg Swedish areas attract a lot of attention. "A lot of what we do concentrates on the surrounding area," she said. Salina's tourist attractions also rely on drawing people in from the area. Karen Fallis, assistant director of the Bicentennial Center, said the center couldn't survive if it just attracted Sali- nans. The center has a mailing list of repeat ticket buyers to inform them of upcoming events, Fallis said. As a result, more than 50 percent of all tickets are sold out of town. "The range of towns that are covered on our tickets are just amazing," Fallis said. "I can almost tell a promoter that hah 0 of our tickets will sell on the first day, and I can tell him where they will sell." CHISHOLM TRAIL MUSEUM 502 N. Washington Wellington, Kansas 67152 ACROSS THE STREET AND FACING THE COURT HOUSE IN WELLINGTON Three floors and 42 rooms filled with scenes and relics of pioneer life in Sumner County. -OPEN- SUMMER Daily, 1 -4pm SPRING/FALL Saturday & Sunday, l-4pm Open Other Times by Appointment Museum 316-326-3820 Chamber of Commerce 316-326-7466 Admission Free Contributions Accepted July 9-13 * Arts & Craft Show * Car Show * Wheat Festival Parade * Wheat Run Carnival * Music & Entertainment 316)326-7-166 or write at 207 S. Washington, \U-lliimtun. KS 67512. Dig Some History In Riley County Historical Museum 2309 Claflin, Manhattan, KS • Exhibits of Riley County History pioneer days to the present. • Research library by appointment • Educational Programs. 8:30-5:00 Tuesday - Friday 2:00-5:00 Saturday - Sunday Wolf House Museum 630 Freemont, Manhattan, KS • 1868 stone house served as boarding house and private home • Furnished with period antiques • Special exhibits 1:00-5:00 Saturday 2:00-5:00 Sunday and by appointment :i: No Shovel Needed! FREE AilniiWou! Goodnow House Museum 2301 Claflin, Manhattan, KS • Home of Isaac Goodnow. Free state advocate". Educator (common school to college) KSU and Manhattan founder. Call 565*6490 for Hours A State Historic Site Pioneer Log Cabin Manhattan City Park, Manhattan, KS • Walnut cabin built in 1916 • Pioneer home and tool exhibit Open April - October Sunday 2:00-5:00 and bv appointment (913) 565-6490

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