To the three or four loyal readers of this weekly column, I owe each of you a deep apology.

To the three or four loyal readers of this weekly column, I owe each of you a deep apology.
While penning last week’s effort about a recent trip to the Oklahoma City National Memorial, this travel columnist in disguise mistakenly overlooked one of the biggest and best events scheduled annually in Kansas.
The 2008 Midwest Beerfest in Wichita was held last weekend, Sept. 19-20 at the Hilton Wichita Airport and the Century II Exhibition Hall.
Complaints may be sent to the e-mail address listed below.
Some 400 brews, including Kansas beer, beer from breweries in the United States and foreign brews were featured in this annual event presented by the Wichita Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food.
Six Kansas breweries participated including River City of Wichita, Free State in Lawrence, Tallgrass and Little Apple from Manhattan, Flying Monkey of Olathe and Hank Is Wiser from Cheney.
Missing from the list was the Lb. Brewing Company from Hays and the Safari Grill Brewing Company from Chanute, which recently closed operations.
Featured events as part of the Midwest Beerfest included a cooking with beer seminar presented by Rick Martin, executive chef at the Free State Brewery, with his braised pheasant recipe and Wichita beer broker Bob Miller presented a seminar and tasting on Indian Pale Ales, a type of beer developed for British sailors traveling to India.
The event also featured food from Wichita area restaurants and cigars.
Perhaps the only thing better than attending the 2009 Midwest Beerfest would be an entry from Crawford County; one would think as much history Crawford County has with homebrew, stills and homemade wine, a microbrewery in featuring beers themed off local connections – think Miner’s Malted Lager – would be a nice addition.
Not only would a microbrew be asset to the Crawford County travel and tourism product, but it would be another example maintaining the unique history of Crawford County.
To read more about the Midwest Beerfest, or start planning a trip to next year’s event, log onto the event Web site at

Kansas Traveler Winter Edition
The latest edition (Fall 2008) of the Kansas Traveler Magazine has arrived at the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The publication, which features travel destinations and special events throughout Kansas, is available for free.
The cover story features several finalists in the Eight Wonders of Kansas Architecture contest presented by the Kansas Sampler Foundation and includes photos of all 24 finalists.
To pick up your free copy of the Kansas Traveler Magazine, stop by the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau located inside the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 117 West Fourth Street, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2009 Kansas calendar of events
The Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau is making its final call for information for the 2009 Crawford County Calendar of Events to be published in the Kansas Department of Commerce Division of Travel and Tourism annual statewide Calendar of Events listings.
The statewide Calendar of Events listings are published separate from the Kansas Visitors Guide, but are included as an insert to be distributed along with the Kansas Visitors Guide.
The Division of Travel and Tourism prints 400,000 copies of its Calendar of Events annually and all event listings in the Calendar of Events are free.
Events included in the Calendar of Events are community fairs and festivals such as the Mulberry Homecoming, Frontenac Homecoming, Arma V-J Homecoming, Little Balkans Days Festival, Walnut Festival and Homecoming, Cherokee Homecoming, Arcadia’s Old Settlers Days Festival, McCune Fall Festival and Girard Fall Festival, special celebrations in connection with holidays such as the Hepler Ruritan Fourth of July Rodeo and Celebration, Crawford State Park Fourth of July Celebration, Girard Fourth of July Celebration and Pittsburg’s Fourth of July Celebration as well as annual events such as the Jock’s Nitch Softball Classic, the Southeast Kansas Old Time gas Engine and Tractor Show, the Four-State Farm Show, Crawford County Fair, Festa Italiana and Greenbush Day.
Information on each of these events should include the dates for 2009, contact information and a general description of each event.
The deadline to be included in the 2009 Kansas Calendar of Events is Monday, Sept. 29. To submit event information, please e-mail it to the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau at or call 1-800-879-1112.

Upcoming events
A home Pittsburg State University football game combined with the dedication of the PSU Student Recreation Center and Kansas National Guard Armory is just a tip of the iceberg of the many events taking place this weekend and on into next week in Crawford County, be sure to get out and about and enjoy these activities:
• Beginning this weekend and continuing through Oct. 31, Hickory Creek Farms will celebrate its Fall Family Fun Days on the Farm. Hickory Creek Farms, an agritourism attraction located north of McCune opens for its Fall Family Fun Days at the Farm. Pumpkins are ripe for the picking in the patch; children’s activities include a petting zoo, a giant sand pile, the Hickory Creek Farm Express, corn maze and hay rack rides. For more information, contact Steve or Ruth Zimmerman at (620) 632-4294, or log onto their Web site at for directions to their farm and photos of the many activities.
• Beginning this weekend and continuing through Oct. 31 Wood Farm, an agritourism attraction located southwest of Pittsburg opens for its fall pumpkin harvest. Wood Farm features pumpkins for the picking and a large pumpkin display. Children’s activities including a small corn maze, hay bale maze, pumpkin chunkin’ slingshots, hay rack rides, cornbox, Jack-O-Lantern Express Train and petting zoo. Hour are Friday from 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday’s 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday’s Noon to 6 p.m. Located at 1122 South 200th Street. For more information, contact Laura Wood (620) 249-5223, or e-mail
• Sunday, the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium. For more information, Memorial Auditorium at (620) 231-7827 or or

Craig Hull is the director of the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau. It is the purpose of the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote travel and tourism in Crawford County, Southeast Kansas and the Midwest. He can be reached at or at 1-800-879-1112.