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  1. Calendar Overlay Art Exhibits (7)
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Art Exhibits

  1. Celebrating 100 Years of History and Heritage: Riley County Historical Museum

    October 13, 2016, 8:30 AM - February 4, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Riley County Historical Museum

    Centennial celebration exhibit showcases 100-plus artifacts and photographs significant to the history of the Riley County community. Notable objects include a section of original seating from Wareham Opera House, penny-farthing bicycle owned by Guy Varney, hand-carved sunflower clock made from local wood for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893.

    Many objects on view have been rarely exhibited. Centennial exhibition accompanied by series of programs (watch for announcements and check calendar).

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  2. Eisenhower and the Great War

    March 4, 2017, 9:00 AM - February 28, 2018, 4:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library

    Great War's influence on Dwight Eisenhower’s budding leadership abilities. World War I proved crucial to the making of this American icon and future president.

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  3. Chisholm Trail: History & Legacy

    April 1, 2017, 8:00 AM - October 13, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Hale Library fifth floor gallery

    K-State Libraries joins 150th anniversary celebrations of Chisholm Trail. "Chisholm Trail: History & Legacy" exhibit with artifacts, books, maps and photos allows glimpse into Kansas' Wild West era and turbulent relationship with Texas cattle trade.

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  4. Chisholm Trail 150th: The Cowtown that Raised a President

    April 1, 2017, 9:00 AM - May 30, 2018, 4:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library

    Rare artifacts and historic photographs of life along the Chisholm Trail to celebrate the trail's sesquicentennial. Learn origins of the cowboy boot, and how the phrase “real McCoy” became a familiar phrase in American lexicon. Legendary stories behind near mythical figures like Wild Bill Hickok and others. Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western ... find out why. This lil' cowtown raised a President!

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  5. Strecker Nelson West Gallery: Golden Valley, Endless Skyway

    June 3, 2017, 10:00 AM - August 19, 2017, 6:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Celebrate summer tradition as SNW Gallery presents the annual landscape show.

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  6. Youth Builds A Better World

    June 6, 2017, 10:00 AM - August 5, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Drawn from Beach Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition investigates how educational experiences allow young people to explore options and develop talents to build a better world. In conjunction with Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme “Building a Better World”.

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  7. Picturing Nam

    June 26, 2017, 8:00 AM - August 11, 2017, 5:00 PM @ William T. Kemper Art Gallery

    Exhibit organized by National Archives and Records Administration; traveled by National Archives Traveling Exhibits; presented in part by Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, in partnership with Kansas Masons. Featured images a small fraction of those taken by thousands of military photographers who were stationed in Vietnam and covered every aspect of the conflict.

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Community Events

  1. Design Zone/Brain Teasers Exhibit

    May 27, 2017, 10:00 AM - August 6, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Design Zone takes you behind the scenes to see how video game developers, music producers, roller-coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to do amazing things.

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  2. Riley County Fair

    July 27, 2017, 8:00 AM - July 31, 2017, 11:00 PM @ Riley County Fairgrounds

    Loads of county fair activities with 4-H exhibits; livestock judging; arts, clothing and photography classes; Ottaway Amusement rides; and Flint Hills Auto entertainment tent with Chappie (Friday), Dalton Huey (Friday), April Zieber (Saturday) and more. Don't miss all the fun and excitement of the 2017 Riley County Fair.

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  3. Annual Iris Sale

    July 29, 2017, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ K-State Gardens

    Annual Iris Sale with hundreds of locally-grown varieties (many award winners) of beautiful iris to choose from. Rhizomes sell for $2-$7 each. Proceeds benefit KSU Gardens; sale sponsored by Flint Hills Iris Society.

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  4. Downtown Farmer's Market: Homegrown Celebration

    July 29, 2017, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Dillard's Parking Lot

    Downtown Farmers Market of Manhattan has rich history of local producers with fresh meats, vegetables, breads and baked goods. Discover many local crafters with handmade jewelry, soaps, wood-carved items and other art mediums.

    ESB Financial will host Watermelon Contest; Kids 5-and-under, watermelon rolling; 6-9 year-old, watermelon eating; 10-13 year-old, watermelon seed spitting.

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  5. American Legion Dance (classic country, 50s and 60s music)

    July 29, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ American Legion Post

    Featuring Prairie Rose D.J. playing classic country, 50s and 60s music. Free admission/donations accepted for restoration of Peace Memorial Auditorium at City Hall (WWII living memorial to honor Riley County veterans).

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Under the Sea party w/ Grand Marquis

    July 28, 2017, 9:00 PM - July 29, 2017, 1:00 AM @ Auntie Mae's Parlor

    Nautical-themed party with live music from KC's Grand Marquis! Dress up like a sailor, mermaid, fish, anything nautical! Special drink menu just for this party that features tropical and cruise ship themed drinks!

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For the Kids!

  1. End of Summer Party

    July 29, 2017, 10:00 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Bubbles, blocks, books and more. Build replicas of famous structures around the world. Activities will be out for all ages of kids to celebrate our summer reading program.

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  2. Build a Better World - Find the Magic in You!

    July 29, 2017, 11:00 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Enjoy fantastic magic show performed by local magician Ken Garwick.

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Recreational sports activities/events

  1. Colbert Charity Classic

    July 26, 2017, 8:00 AM - July 29, 2017, 3:00 PM @ Colbert Hills

    $100,000 purse and $20,000 winner's take on the line for 6th annual Colbert Classic, part of the Adams Pro Tour series. Kolton Crawford from the University of Arkansas was the 2016 winner; past winners include K-State's Drew Laning. Colbert Hills is the 11th stop on the 14-event APT. The tournament is free to attend and open for public.

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Special Events

  1. Kaw Valley Rodeo

    July 27, 2017, 8:00 PM - July 29, 2017, 11:00 PM @ Wells Arena, Riley County Fairgrounds

    Barrel riding, bull riding, calf roping and whole slew of events at Riley County Fairgrounds. July 27, Eighth Annual Military Family Appreciation Night Picnic sponsored by Briggs Auto.

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  2. Canvas & Cork: Bumble Bee

    July 29, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Bring favored bottle of wine or beverage, invite friends and enjoy step-by-step instruction with an experienced artist. Leave with one-of-a-kind creation and new-found talent. Online registration/payment required. Straight Upp will not provide wine openers or cups; please bring your own or purchase glass for $7.

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