Art, Music, Antique Tractors and More Fun At Pioneer Bluffs Fall Festival

Pioneer Bluffs’ Fall Festival has been listed as one of Kansas Magazine’s 20 Reasons to Love Kansas, and justifiably so as verified by the full slate of activities set for the annual celebration there Saturday, Oct. 6.

“Everybody is welcome to visit Pioneer Bluffs, located just a mile north of Matfield Green, on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway K-177,” invited Lynn Smith, executive director of the historic ranch headquarters listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Exhibited all day at The Gallery, located in the 1908 ranch home of Henry and Maud Sauble Rogler, will be contemporary art by local, national and international artists. Winners for Art in the Barn, a juried art exhibit, are to be announced at 10 o’clock Saturday morning kicking off  activities.

The K-State/KU football game is to be shown on HDTV in the loft of the 1916 granary at 11 o’clock. An antique tractor drive through the Flint Hills leaves at noon, with the tractors on display following that

Afternoon schedule features old-time games, face painting, spinning and weaving demonstrations, kettle corn, a quilt exhibit, petting zoo, silent auction and an arts and crafts fair.

Musical entertainment has been planned throughout the afternoon and evening.

“All musicians and volunteers are contributing their time and talent to the festival which benefits Pioneer Bluffs,” Smith said. “There will be no set charge for attendance, but donations are greatly appreciated.”

Reservations are requested for lunch, and the evening hog roast, by calling 620-753-3484.

“Pioneer Blues is a nonprofit with a mission to respect the land, preserve history and engage the community,” Smith clarified.

Information is available at www.pioneerbluffs.org.