Music, Food, and Scenery Highlight Symphony on the Prairie

An afternoon and evening of music and activities in a pastoral setting is planned for Sunday, April 21, in the 11th annual presentation of Symphony on the Prairie.

The South Kansas Symphony and the Southwestern College Youth Symphony (both under the direction of Daniel Stevens), The Student Loans, and the Tallgrass Express String Band will perform on the Dick and Dolly Bonfy Ranch at 24011 141st Rd. in Winfield. Gates will open at 2 p.m. The event is underwritten by the Winfield Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Numerous vendors will be selling various food and other goods. These include Southwestern College Youth Symphony (boxed dinners), Whittier Elementary (chocolate sale), Katheryn’s Bakery, and College Hill Coffee.

The evening will also feature an iPad mini giveaway. Entry forms will be distributed at the gates until 6:45 p.m. and winners must be present at the time of the drawing. Two iPads will be given away, one to a Cowley County residents and one to an entrant living outside the country.

The schedule for the evening includes:
• 2 p.m.—Gates open, vendors open for business
• 2:30 p.m.—The Student Loans
• 3:30 p.m.—Tallgrass Express String Band
• 4:30 p.m.—Southwestern College Youth Symphony
• 5:30 p.m.—Tallgrass Express String Band
• 6:45 p.m.—South Kansas Symphony

Daniel Stevens, director of instrumental activities at Southwestern College said, “Thanks to the kind generosity of the Winfield Convention and Tourism, we were able to expand our publicity to the greater Wichita area.  We have been getting calls from all parts of our region, and crowds are excited to hear fantastic music on the prairie. Everyone in attendance is entered for the chance to win an iPad mini, and we get to sit back and enjoy music on a beautiful Sunday in the rolling hills of Kansas.”

The setting is informal and no seating will be provided—all audience members should bring chairs or blankets. Outside refreshments are welcome but vendors will sell onsite meals, snacks and drinks.

Free transport from the parking area to the footpaths near the event area will run during and after the performances.

General admission is $6. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272.

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