Dickinson County to host Kansas Barn Alliance Barn Fest conference and tour
People interested in the preservation and restoration of Kansas barns can get registered for the annual
2014 Kansas Barn Alliance Barn Fest conference and tour, September 26 and 27th
Dickinson County is the site of this years’ event to begin on Friday, September 26 at Rogers Hall at Camp
Mary Dell in Brown Memorial Park, just southeast of Abilene. A full day of information from various presenters
that includes a report on the current Dickinson county barn quilt trail routes (that are part of the Kansas Flint
Hills Quilt Trail); From the Land of Kansas trademark program; State Historic Preservation/Kansas Historical
Society; a construction/restoration business owner and a dendrochronologist (tree/wood ageing).
Meals are part of the conference fee and will feature Kansas products. Mardi Traskowsky, Herington,
the 2013 National Festival of Breads Youth winner, will showcase her bread-making talent and then her products
will be part of the Friday “Kansas Lunch”, served at Rogers Hall.
The day starts off first with breakfast items, registration, viewing of displays/information and the
opening of the day-long Silent Auction, new this year to the Barn Fest. Conference sessions will begin at 9 a.m.
The friday evening program at Rogers Hall, will include a talented pianist, soloist & saxophone and also a
featured speaker who is a photographer of Kansas rural scenes, especially farmsteads. The KBA “Let’s Get
Started” grant awardees will be recognized. The silent auction will conclude during the evening event.
Saturday, September 27 will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Rogers Hall with a biscuit and gravy breakfast hosted
by the Dickinson County Garden Guild. Conference attendees will then board buses at 8:30 a.m. to begin the
route to the stone barn tours southeast of Enterprise. Four farm stops are scheduled and the lunch stop will be
at the Lyona Methodist Church. The day will conclude at approximately 4:30 p.m.
For full conference information and registration, please visit: www.kansasbarnalliance.org to download
forms/schedule. Email: [email protected] Questions only needed by phone, contact 2014 Barn Fest
Event Coordinator, Lori Hambright, at 785-313-6565. Early conference registration is due September 8th
conference/tour space is limited.