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2017 Event Bios

Marci Penner & WenDee Rowe

Elkhart, KS - Sunday, June 4

Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe, co-authors of the new Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers, will share adventures, pictures and day trip ideas from the NEW Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers.  This fun presentation will help you see Kansas with new eyes and inspire you to get on the road to explore Kansas!  Marci is the director of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation whose mission is to preserve and sustain rural culture.  Marci and WenDee are unwavering ambassadors for rural Kansas.  Meet Marci and WenDee in Oscar's Lounge following the presentation.  Books will be available to purchase.

Contemporary Western Artist
Bradley Chance Hays

Meet the Artist, Painting Live!
Grassland Heritage Main Street Festival
459 Morton Street, Elkhart, KS
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM CDT

Bradley Chance Hays is a Contemporary Western Artist & an International Professional Rodeo Cowboy.  Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to a rodeo bull-dogger and team roper and an art education and special needs professional, Chance was actively learning ranching and rodeo skills from his father and free-hand drawing from his mother before age 10.

With the combined experience of working outdoors, alongside horses, cattle, and working ranch dogs, braving all of nature’s elements all while receiving consistent training as an artist, encouraged a brave self-expression that would catapult Chance into his unique multi-faceted career.  Wrangler endorsed a clothing line featuring Hays' artwork on shirts, which debuted during the National Finals Rodeo this past December in Las Vegas.  Come meet this very collectible and accomplished artist in Elkhart, KS!!

At 5, Bradley Chance Hays got his first pencil and paper set. At 6, his dad gave him his first rope.  From then on, his rope and his pencil became his life - and still are 18 years later.  Now, Hays is a professional calf roper and artist, painting primarily expressionistic pieces of horses.
Chance Hays

Jake Gill

Main Street Dance & Concert
451 Morton St., Elkhart KS
Saturday, June 10, 2017 9:00 p.m. to Midnight.

"Gill brings raw energy and charisma to his live performances.   Connecting with both radio listeners and fans that come to see him is important to him, regardless of what era or walk of life they come from."  Dust your dancin‘ boots off and join this Kansas boy for a old-fashioned main street dance.

As a performer, Gill qualifies as a "road warrior," with a full slate of dates on his schedule.   He has worked the stage with such musical heavyweights as Jake Owens, Easton Corbin, Chris Cagle, and Jason Aldean.
Jake Gill

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