Chase County Leader-News

Downtown Cottonwood Falls was the place to be over the weekend.

After the postponement and eventual cancelation of the Symphony in the Hills Signature event, those in Chase County to attend the event headed into town. Parking spots were difficult to come by on Broadway in Cottonwood Falls with businesses such as Ad Astra and Jacalito in Strong City also enjoying a busier than average day.

There was no shortage of things to do for the guests to town. Along with the shopping, eating and entertainment that is always available, Chase County Folklife Festival was also going strong on the Courthouse lawn.

Folks donning period dress from the 1860s showcased crafts and skills that would have been essential for the pioneers heading across the Kansas prairie more than 150 years ago. Civil War re-enactors showed what a war-time encampment would have looked like while demonstrations showed how rope-makers, tailors and blacksmiths would have carried out their jobs.

A performance on old-time instruments helped complete the scene while homemade root beer and lemonade kept visitors refreshed. Visitors could also take tours of the historic Chase County Courthouse.

The Chase County Chamber of Commerce held its 12th annual fundraiser, RiverSuite Concert and Dinner on Friday evening.

Annie Wilson and the Tallgrass Express String Band played during the social hour. Flint Hills Dinning from Butler County Community College furnished the dinner. After the meal, the Santiago Brothers performed blues music.

The sunset dinner and music had a beautiful setting on the Cottonwood River bridge in Cottonwood Falls.

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