|The picturesque Flint Hills town of Matfield Green is hosting railroad enthusiast,
friends, and families on Saturday, September 13, 2003 11:00 am to 6:00 pm to
celebrate Matfield Green Railroad Days. The whole town turns out to offer a day
of good food, live music, and rail centered activities. Matfield Green is the
premier train viewing spot in the Midwest. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe
main line comes into town through hills of tall grass prairie. Open vistas
offer prime viewing sites. Approximately 65 trains travel this stretch every
Matfield Green Railroad Days features railroad model layouts, presentations by Lloyd Stagner and others, railroad memorabilia, swap tables for collectable, model clinics, old time railroaders telling tails, art exhibits, antique cars, railroad and cowboy poetry, children's games with lots of prizes, pony rides, petting zoo, cover wagon rides, long horn rides. Live acoustic music never stops. Guitar, fiddles, mandolins, and great vocalists are on stage morning to night. There are also historic tours of the newly renovated trackside Santa Fe Bunkhouse. BBQ, hamburgers, and homemade pie are served chuckwagon style under shade tree. Booths feature antiques, white elephant sales, kettle-corn, local jerky, honey, herb teas/fresh lemonade, homemade soap, needle and woodwork, woven fiber art, handcrafted iron ornaments, ice cream, cookies, and perennials.
Directions: Matfield Green is the heart of the Flint Hills of Kansas. Take Scenic Byway 177 south from Interstate 70 from the north. From the south, take Cassoday exit off of the 35 Turnpike. All activities are centered on the grounds of the restored historic Matfield Green Elementary School.
Admission: By Button, $8 per family, $4 for individuals. All rides, children's activities, presentations, exhibits, everything but food and beverages included in cost of Button.