Soon it will be summer – time to think about weekend excursions, week-long vacations or simply just getting away. How about unique architectural tourist finds? They say, “don’t judge a book by its cover” but in Kansas City it’s the book covers that will entice you to look a little deeper. Add to this mix a couple of festivals and we’re off to a good start.
By the way, if someone tells you to ‘go fly a kite’ you might be visiting Kansas City, and they just might be talking about Lee’s Summit, just south of KC, where the MCC-Lonview Flights of Fancy Kite Festival is taking place on April 20th. The KC Kite Club is holding this one-of-a-kind event (in the region) on the picturesque grounds at the MCC-Longview campus. Along with the world’s largest windsock (three stories high and 200’ long) you’ll be treated to an inflatable maze, face painting and plenty of great food like the Chartroose Caboose, and KC Poppers.
While your in KC, you’re sure to get the kids excited in reading again when you drive by the Kansas City Public Library and see the ‘community bookshelf’ . . . where Kansas City, Missouri residents were given an opportunity to select book titles that would appear on a unique wall front of the central library’s parking Garage. You may not check out a book, but you’ll definitely want to check out the 5th floor and play a little chess where the king and queen chess pieces are over 5’ tall. For 34 years the Chunnenuggee Fair has taken place in Union Springs, Alabama . . . in the historic downtown area where the 1872 “Second Empire Bullock County Courthouse” still stands. CHUNNENUGGEE is an American Indian name for the long, high ridge that extends from NE Bullock County through SW Bullock County, which was also the name for a settlement (around the 1830’s – 1860’s) about five miles northeast of Union Springs in southeast Alabama. Mark April 27, 2013 for this day-long fair, featuring made-from scratch cakes, plenty of BBQ and other scrumptious southern food, live music, crafts and games.
A little bit of Trivia: Bullock County was named for Col. Edward C. Bullock who has a prominent descendant; academy-award-winning actress, Sandra Bullock
The distance is not too great between Muskingum County (city of Dresden), where the Longaberger Company is located to Vinton County (city of McArthur) where the Wild Turkey Festival has taken place over the past 25 years – mark your calendar for May 2-5 for this year’s Wild Turkey Festival featuring a car show, carnival rides and games, nightly live performances, a Grand Parade and crowing of the Wild Turkey Festival Queen. So stop by and pick out a picnic basket at the unique building built to house American manufactured baskets of all types at the Longaberger Company, then trek on down to McArthur where plenty of great food and fun awaits the whole family.
So there you have it; touring a giant picnic basket, playing with larger-than-life chess pieces, kite-flying, or simply joining in on the fun of a local festival might just be the way to kick-start your late Spring or early summer leisure time.