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United States Army
7264 Normandy Drive, Custer Hill
Army Community Service
Fort Riley, KS 66442
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Things To Do In The Local Area During The Summer:
Dexter Park / Safari Run -- Open year-round at Grant Avenue and Highway 15 in Clay Center. Dexter Park offers a unique playground called Safari Run that provides play opportunities for children, regardless of age or ability. There are multiple covered picnic areas and a band shelter where the city band plays during the summer.
Utility Park and Zoo -- Open year-round at Fourth and Pomeroy in Clay Center. Utility Park offers a shaded playground, multiple gazebos and picnic areas, a walking trail, a fountain and a small free zoo. It’s great place to spend time with family and friends, or to take a break to get away by yourself.
75th Anniversary of D-Day with the National Archives -- Jun. 1-6; times vary at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene. Come join us as the Eisenhower Library remembers June 6, 1944, D-Day, and all who served. The 10th Mountain Division was Sen. Bob Dole’s unit, and will be one of the supporting exhibits. A symphony at Sunset on June 1, 7-10 p.m., at the Eisenhower Presidential Library grounds in Abilene. Commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at this annual outdoor concert. The symphony will be joined by the First Infantry Division Band, playing a concert of patriotic favorites and popular classics. Bring your own lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the location will be at the Abilene High School Gymnasium.
The Pirates of Penzance -- June 14-23; times vary at the Great Plains Theatre in Abilene. The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most beloved Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. A ridiculous premise provides many opportunities for rambunctious physical comedy and a delightful score that includes “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” and “Hail, Poetry.”
Heart of America Greyhound Gathering and National Greyhound Association Spring Nationals -- June 20-22; times vary at Sterl Hall in Abilene. Come celebrate greyhounds and the people who love them. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones during a gathering of greyhound lovers. Come watch the greyhounds train to race. There will be many activities, guest speakers, educational sessions, discussions, contests and games, painting your own T-shirt contest, the crowning of kings and queens, a raffle, a silent memory-basket auction and a live auction with numerous one-of-a-kind pieces of racing history.
Father Padilla Memorial Park is open year-round at North Broadway Street in Herington. This park includes a disc golf course, a swimming pool, a basketball court, a walking track, a pond, fishing, a gazebo and a picnic area to enjoy with family and friends.
Family Fun Day -- June 1, 9 a.m.-noon at Playground Park in Junction City. Come join the Family Fun Day Super Hero – Super Health event. Games, prizes, snacks and community resources will be available.
National Biplane Fly-In -- June 1, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at Freeman Field in Junction City. Walk among unique experimental and modern biplanes. Watch aircraft operations on the grass runways. Food and aviation-themed vendors will be on the field.
Juneteenth In The Park -- Jun. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Heritage Park in Junction City. Save the date: Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, has been celebrated each year since 1865. Please join in this community celebration full of family fun. The day will include live entertainment, gospel music, vendors, games, educational displays, food and beverages and much more.
Movies in the Park – “Turner and Hooch” -- June 21, 8:45 p.m. at Heritage Park in Junction City. Ready for a free evening of laughter? Come join the Junction City community in an outdoor event watching the movie “Turner and Hooch” that is sponsored by the Junction City Police Department. Bring along lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the movie.
Rezound -- June 23, 2 p.m. at C.L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City. A lively sound and fun performance for Junction City and our region from Kansas City’s premier handbell choir. This choir is dedicated to promoting the art and skill of handbell ringing in performance.
Washunga Days -- June 21-23, times vary at Riverwalk Park in Council Grove. Enjoy a weekend of festival fun. Live music, food vendors, a car show, kids activities, the Kaw Nation Intertribal Powwow and much more. Friday night’s music includes the Josh Abbott Band; Saturday night’s music is by Jon Wolfe.
Pottawatomie County -- Picnic, Playground and Parks -- Wamego’s 12-acre city park features the Dutch Mill and a stone windmill circa 1879. You can stroll back in history as you walk through the historic museum and Prairie Town Village and see the collection of authentic buildings from the 1800s. Enjoy the playground equipment, tennis courts and horseshoe pits, or you can drop a line in the two-acre fishing pond or take a dip in the Olympic-size swimming pool.
Tallgrass Tour Bus – Secrets of Tuttle Creek -- June 1, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan. Meet at the FLDC to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Tuttle Creek Dam and learn how the dam was built, along with the benefits the dam provides. An opportunity will be provided for you to visit the Tuttle Creek tower and spillway with a natural resource specialist as a guide. Wear comfortable clothing for walking and climbing stairs. Due to security restrictions, check the link for additional information. Light snacks will be provided and you are encouraged to bring resealable water bottles.
Kansas Statue University Annual Garden party – Light up the Gardens -- Jun. 7, 7-10 p.m. at KSU gardens in Manhattan. The annual garden party celebrates new lighting placed in the campus gardens. Enjoy an evening of refreshments, desserts, live music, an open bar and a silent auction.
31st Annual Master Gardener Tour -- June 9, 1-5 p.m. at KSU Gardens in Manhattan. Riley County extension Master Gardeners annual Manhattan Garden Tour. Visit five private landscape gardens plus the Gardens at Kansas State University. Tickets are available at the gate.
30th Annual Juneteenth Celebration -- June 14-15, times vary at Downtown City Park in Manhattan. On Friday evening, two groups will be playing in the Larry Norvell Band Shell. Saturday will be events in the park and will close with Kirk Whalum, a 12-time Grammy nominee.
MidFest Community Festival -- June 15, times vary at Bluemont Hotel in Manhattan. Celebrate the creative spirit of humanity with family and friends. Come see the talent and hard work of musicians, artists, dancers, comedians and entrepreneurs in this region. MidFest continues to provide platforms for local talent and gives bands and entertainers the opportunities to share their talents with supportive and engaged crowds of Manhappiness.
Kicker Country Stampede -- June 20-22, times vary at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan. Join in the flashback with Jason Aldean, Old Dominion, Jake Owen and Clint Black, to include many others like Sawyer Brown and Casey Donahew during this three-day festival. Note: The Leisure Travel Center has tickets at 5202 Normandy Drive or call 785.239.5614.
Arts in the Park June concerts -- All concerts are 8-10 p.m. at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in Manhattan.
June 7 -- Kelly Hunt is an American blues pianist, singer and songwriter who has peaked at number nine for Top Blues albums and was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.
June 14 -- JahVelle Rhone and Donald Hayes -- JahVelle Rhone is an accomplished jazz musician and serves as the opening act for renowned jazz musician Donald Hayes.
June 21 -- Atrageous brings music and art together with artists, musicians, singers and dancers.
June 28 -- GB Leighton and his band bring a slew of songs that connect with the heart.
Tallgrass Tour Bus – Secrets of Manhattan -- June 22, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan. Tour the Manhattan Regional Airport terminal and the air traffic control tower. Visit the Flex Air flight training school and state-of-the-art flight simulator. Complete the tour with a double dose of public works for insider tours of the Manhattan water treatment plant and wastewater treatment facility to see where the city’s clean water comes from. Light snacks will be provided and guests are encouraged to bring resealable water bottles.
Zoo Cruisin’ Car Show -- June 8, 5:30-9 p.m. at Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina. After an escorted cruise parade through Salina and the drive to the zoo that begins at 5 p.m. from the Central Mall parking lot, there will be barbecue with non-alcoholic beverages and ice-cold beer. You will then be movin’ and groovin’ to the tunes of King Midas and the Mufflers, who will be playing hits from the 1950s to the ’70s on the restaurant patio. Note: The LTC has tickets at 5202 Normandy Drive or call 785-239-5614.
Smoky Hill River Festival -- June 13-16, times vary at Oakdale Park in Salina. Summertime chillin’ tops the menu at the Smoky Hill River Festival. Known across most of Kansas as summer’s official kickoff party, the river festival invites music fans, foodies, art lovers and families with kids to experience the unique art offerings set in the beautifully shaded Oakdale Park and enjoy the artwork. Live bands, food and fun entice all who attend.
Wabaunsee County, Kansas
Mill Creek Campground -- Open year-round, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. at Mill Creek Campground in Paxico. Facilities include 47 campsites, cabins, Wi-Fi, a meeting room, a playground, hiking trails, a laundromat, a storm shelter, a bath and shower house, a sports and gaming area, creeks for swimming and fishing and electric hook-ups -- and the campground is located within walking distance to historic downtown Paxico. Pets and big rigs are welcome. Contact Fort Riley’s Outdoor Recreation Center; ORC is your home for equipment and information for camping, hunting and fishing. Need to rent a tent, kayak, trailer or table? Give ORC a call at 785.239.2363.
2019 Symphony in the Flint Hills – Ad Astra – June 15, all day at Irma’s Pasture in Bazaar. Every year a new location is chosen in the Flint Hills to celebrate the night sky over the Kansas prairie. This year’s theme is Ad Astra, in celebration of aspirations and the future. Come join us on the open prairie and the vast sky that surrounds us with the North Star that guides us. Art, food and music gives way to a full day on the prairie.
Flint Hills Folk Life Festival -- June 14-16, times vary at Chase County Court House in Cottonwood Falls. Historic presenters will be in period garb while demonstrating skills necessary for life on the Kansas prairie in the 1860s and ’70s. Enjoy music, dancing and fascinating demonstrations. Visit with interesting people while learning a bit of history. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair to the Friday night jam session and to the annual Contra (Victorian dance). There is no admission charge for any of the festival events and items produced at the festival by the historic presenters may be for sale.
Fort Riley’s Leisure Travel Center has tickets for many other events and locations available at 5202 Normandy Drive. For additional information, call 785-239-5614 or go online. The point of contact for the document is: U.S. Army Garrison, DFMWR, Army Community Service. Call the Outreach Service Branch at 785-239-9435.
Disclaimer: This document does not constitute endorsement by Fort Riley, Kansas, or the First Infantry Division, United States Army, of the websites or the information, products or services contained therein. Fort Riley and the First Infantry Division, United States Army, does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. The point of contact for an event to verify information, date, time, location, registration and any fees can be obtained by links provided.
Operation Roadtrip – Marshall County
Fact: Throughout Marshall County, there are many trails to bike, hike and ride on, along with the Oregon Trail marker, Pony Express marker, Bigelow marker and more. Alcove Spring is one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas Geography due to its historical significance as a stop for Native Americans, fur traders and emigrants on the Oregon Trail. Wagon ruts, an intermittent waterfall and a long-flowing spring are the area’s main features. The waterfall is called Naomi Pike after the young member of the Donner-Reed party, and usually only runs during the spring. This location was one of the message centers found on the overland trails with a stick driven in the ground where communications were placed. From Blue Rapids, go two miles north on U.S. 77, then at the sign go six miles west on a gravel road.
Unique Attractions: Marshall County has many interesting sites to go see. These include the Oregon Trail, to include the Lower Crossing on the Big Blue River, a full-size replica of a rope ferry, the Oketo Cut-off that was used by stagecoaches and more. The county has several small towns with their unique attractions (Blue Rapids, Frankfort, Marysville, Oketo, Waterville and more). Don’t miss out on the Big Blue River Days event held May 30-June 1 in downtown Marysville. Mark your calendars for Marysville, featuring the AutoFest Car Show and Big Blue Barbecue with many festivities.
Fort Riley’s LTC has tickets for many other events and locations available at 5202 Normandy Drive. For additional information, you can call 785.239.5614. The point of contact for the document is U.S. Army Garrison, DFMWR, Army Community Service Outreach Service Branch at 785.239.9435
Fort Riley's Army Community Service (ACS) provides first class services and support to Soldiers, Families, and Army civilian employees that enhances readiness, improves quality of life and increases well-being.
7264 Normandy Drive
Fort Riley, KS 66442785-239-9435DSN: 312-856-9435