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Welcome to Uncovering Kansas

Uncovering Kansas is a site that focuses on highlighting the interesting culture, travel, people, history, and enterprises in Kansas. We love this saying:

People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home. ~Dagobert Runes

We are going to explore Kansas and this is where we will share what we learn with you.

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Episode 5: Joy Meadows

In this episode, we uncover an innovation approach to solving one of the issues facing our foster care system. (Note: this is an abridged version of the interview)

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The foster care system in Kansas is facing some pretty big challenges. With about 7,600 children in foster care in Kansas, there are only about 2,700 approved foster families. This means that a lot of foster children are sleeping in a different location every night, or in the foster care offices on couches or cots.

Sarah Oberndorfer has come up with a plan to help address this issue by creating a community of foster homes in Basehor Kansas, called Joy Meadows. By creating a neighborhood where all of the homes are foster families, there is a built-in support structure that will reduce foster family burnout, increase capacity for foster children, and ensure more siblings get to stay together. In addition, the neighborhood will have a community center that will allow social services to come to the families, reducing the amount of time spent driving to and from appointments.

On this episode of Uncovering Kansas, we talk to Sarah about foster care and her plan for Joy Meadows. We think that you’ll learn a lot about the state of foster care in Kansas and find that another innovative Kansan has come up with a great idea to help improve the system.

Joy Meadows website

Episode 3: August Festivals in Kansas

On this episode of Uncovering Kansas, we uncover August Festivals across the state.

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August is a time for County Fairs in Kansas. All County Fairs have the same key elements: animals, carnival rides and games, crafts, and plenty of food. We encourage you to change things up and visit a county fair in a county you’ve never been to. This way, you get to enjoy all of the traditional County Fair elements while also experiencing a part of Kansas you’ve never experienced before.

Here are the featured county fairs:

Dodge City Days July 27-Aug 5

Crawford County Fair Aug 1-4

Cowley County Fair Aug 2-6

Inter-State Fair and Rodeo Aug 13-18in Coffeeville Kansas

Yoder Heritage Days – Aug 25

 In addition to County Fairs, here are some other festivals or events going on across Kansas in August:

Wild Bill Hickock Rodeo Aug 1-4

Abilene Kansas

This event features saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, team roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding! Over 500 cowboys and cowgirls compete for over $37,500 in added prize money, plus entertaining specialty acts between events!

Taste of Kansas Dinner Aug 4

Wakeeney Kansas

This farm to fork dinner brings the best of local Kansas cuisine to you at Shiloh Vineyard and Winery. Las Vegas trained chef & WaKeeney resident, Ean Mong will pair Kansas wines with dishes prepared using only Kansas ingredients for the multi-course dinner. Featuring musical entertainment by Lucas Maddy.

Ranching Saturdays Aug 4

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve – Strong City

experience daily activities on a working ranch. Living history interpreters demonstrate activities such as: stove cooking, music, gardening, quilting, carpentry, roping, fence repair, saddling, wool spinning, sewing, stall cleaning, and housekeeping.

The K&O Farm, Home, & Ranch Show Aug 17-19

Winfield Fair Grounds

The show features a tractor rodeo, garden and antique tractor pulls, arts-and-crafts show, and a variety of other attractions.

Sand Creek Summer Days Aug 17-19

Newton, Kansas

This is not your typical festival! Featuring a Floating Flotilla Parade, Human Foosball Tournament, Cardboard Regatta, and 80s costume contest in addition to all of the usual festival events.

Roots Festival Aug 24 -25

Paola, Kansas

Non-stop music is on the agenda, plus a BBQ Contest, and plenty of crafts and food.