Trash and Treasures, an annual event, is joined by the new Bake Off
Mark your calendars for April 27.
If it doesn't snow, that might be a good day to plan a day trip to Meade, where several events are planned.
The Meade Trash and Treasures Day offers over 50 garage sales all over town. Free maps to the sales will be provided along with craft and food booths.
And if that's not enough, a new event has been added this year —The Bake Off at High Noon which will feature baked goods from across the state in a heated competition.
Categories will include cakes, pies, cookies, breads and pastries.
The bake off is free to the public and will include an opportunity to sample the baked entries.
In addition, competitors and others are invited to bring baked goods to sell at the event.
The registration deadline for the bake off is high noon April 12 with a $10 registration fee.
You may register by calling 620-518-1722 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is sponsored by Uniquely Basil, the Meade County Historical Society, the Meade Chamber of Commerce and the Dalton Gang Hideout.
Judging will take place on the grounds of the Dalton Gang Hideout. Admission is free and includes accces to the hideout and a silent auction.
Live entertainment, along with prizes and games, will take place throughout the afternoon.
"The Way Out West Players from Hays are bringing a production of a melodrama written especially for the event," said J. Basil Dannebohm, owner of Uniquely Basil, in a phone interview Tuesday. The script, called "The Fastest Play in the West: 25 Years in 25 minutes," is written by Kansas playwright Everett Robert. It will be performed several times during the event.
Also on the program throughout the afternoon are Bluegrass musicians George Lucas, Larry and Jeff Paget and Wes Passmore plus a group of country pickers and grinners.
The program will be hosted by Marshal Allen Bailey.
Author Linda Laird will be on hand to autograph copies of her book, "The American Grain Elevator: Form and Function." Laird's book is a coffee table history of the grain elevators of the Midwest. Laird herself is also a baker and will be taking part in the competition.
If you'd like to participate but don't know your way around an oven, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available.
"The event is designed to celebrate our heritage, agriculture, the Old West and baking," Dannebohm said.
"We wanted to do something to remind people that Kansas used to be called the Bread Basket of America. We have a western tourism attraction in the middle of wheat country -- it's perfect," Dannebohm said.
Dannebohm says they've had interest from all parts of the state and registrations are beginning to come in from a variety of locations.
The list of judges continues to grow with the mayor of Meade; the editor of the Meade newspaper; Mike King, Secretary of Transportation for the State of Kansas; Liz Sosa, a representative of the Kansas Sampler Foundation; six state representatives, and Sen. Garrett Love signed on for tasting duties.
"We invite everyone to come down for the day, visit the garage sales, bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and enjoy the afternoon on the hillside by the hideout," Dannebohm said.