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Kansas

Yoder Heritage Day

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I spent the day at the Yoder Heritage Festival in Yoder, KS this past Saturday. Yoder is a community with a large population of Amish and on the last Saturday in August everyone in town gets together and participates in traditional area activities, like buggy races, tractor pulls, horseback football and a big old parade. There’s also some amazing homemade food (pie and ice cream!) and traditional music and ‘cowboy poetry.’

I was intially concerned about getting names of people whose photos I shot, as Amish are traditionally reluctant to have their photos taken and I know that sometimes they decline to give their names (making them sometimes unpublishable in the newspaper as a result) but I either got lucky or was worried for nothing, as everyone I spoke with was very accomodating. A good day all around.

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Spent a summer evening with the Boy Scouts in Nickerson, where members of the local troops gathered up flags for retirement. While any private citizen can retire a flag, it is commonly done by Scout troops and veteran’s associations, who have their own ceremony procedures. The most common way to retire a flag is through burning, as recommended in the U.S. Flag Code.

Never having been to a retirement ceremony before, it was pretty neat to watch and these scouts definitely took their duties seriously.


Summertime in Kansas

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Roy Williams, of Mulvane, looks on as grandson Bryson Williams, 9, unhooks a fish he caught while at Pete’s Puddles. The family has been coming to the lake for five summers.

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Marie Cochrane, 1, of Hutchinson, plays at the Fairgrounds Water Park in Hutchinson, KS, on Saturday, July 16. Triple-digit temperatures will continue to plague the area through-out the coming week.

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Sophia Rose, 5, of Hutchinson, looks back to her family while waving an American flag prior to the start of the 4th of July parade down Main Street on Monday morning.

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Tylia Bruton, 11, center, Andryce Jackson, 9, left, and Angie Imel wash a car during a fundraiser for the Little Miss Hutch Pageant on Saturday, July 16. The car wash, which raised funds for a float in the Emancipation Day parade among other things, was held on front of Gray’s Barber Shop on Main Street


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Took a last-minute trip up to Idaho to visit my boyfriend a few weeks back. Drove 16 hours up in a straight shot, luckily the scenery got increasingly beautiful as I went along. These certainly aren’t groundbreaking in terms of landscapes, but I still like’em.


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In search of different hot weather photos (it’s been in the triple digits for atleast a week now and we’re running out of photo subject matter on the topic(cute kids in water!)) I was sent to the Hutchinson Zoo to see what they do to cool off the animals. These are not those photos since they’re not running until tomorrow buttt they’re still from the zoo.

Zookeeper Ryan Witmer showed me around the zoo’s rehabilitation facility while I was waiting for animal snack time (frozen pureed bananas with crickets!) with another zookeeper.