The Oskaloosa Independent: An Historic Territorial Publication
The media world is moving further away from printed material forcing many publishers to make lasting changes. Today online newspapers, e-books, and digital magazines place the “ink to paper” method on a fast track to becoming obsolete. In towns where more than one news source is produced, some don’t survive. In rural Kansas, survival is based on adaptability, understanding of economy, changes to the target audience and acceptance of technological advancement.
McLouth Threshing Bee: Historical Farm Equipment on Parade
On a wide-open stretch of land situated in the small town of McLouth, Kansas people like to gather for what is known as the annual Threshing Bee. It is a time for celebrating farming as it was long ago and a time for bringing together the community for this summer celebration. It is a place where antique steam engines and gas-powered tractors bring a powerful presence to the countryside. Individuals and families gather with lawn chairs, blankets and an excitement about seeing these rare and majestic beasts.
Upon entering the fairgrounds visitors are greeted by the sound of an antique windmill still spinning in the wind and an awesome view of the well-recognized, McLouth Threshing Bee Water Tower. The dusty roadway brings visitors onto an open field where other cars are parked. This once barren landscape now welcomes hundreds of guests with the aroma of hot dogs, pies and other all-American menu selections. Activities for children abound and provide an array of choices for all ages. Once dinner selections are made and children have been entertained it’s on to the pit area that is surrounded by farm fencing. A parade of machines appear that were stored away awaiting this moment and the crowds delight in the sight of such treasurers.
Rolling Prairie Farmer’s Alliance: A Venture in Sustainable Life
Throughout the Kansas growing season, lush rows of green cover the rolling hills of Bob Lominska’s property. Situated just six miles north of Lawrence in Jefferson County, this 69-acre tract of hilly land is known as Hoyland Farm; it stands as an agricultural venture into sustainable life.
Lominska uses his farm to grow prairie grasses, timber and safe, natural habitats for wildlife. But his focus is predominantly on the growing of fresh healthy vegetable produce. His growing practice extends far beyond what he can raise for himself; his contributions help to reach the kitchens of residents from surrounding counties, communities and towns in a very profound and collaborative way.
Tough Tuggin': Small Town Hosts Kansas Summer Nationals Tractor Pull
The sound of roaring motors causes the ground to rumble as visitors approach the grass covered field situated on the outskirts of McLouth, Kansas. Crowds of people hurry from their cars with blankets, coolers, and lawn chairs in hand. Everyone is required to stop, pay, and have a florescent green band placed on their arms before entering the area. It’s not a demolition derby or a county fair, it’s not an outdoor concert, or a rodeo. It’s the 2013 Kansas Summer Nationals Tractor Pull. This annual event brings out huge crowds of people including teens, the elderly and young families; there is excitement in the air for everyone to enjoy.