Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FREE State Park Day in Kansas is Encouraging Healthy Recreation Outdoors

Photo Credit:  Travel Kansas
The state’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS), is teaming up with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to sponsor Healthy Trails Adventure Day on Oct. 1 with free admission to all 26 Kansas State Parks.

Did you know… 
Kansas State Parks include more than 500 miles of trails, 32,200 acres of land, nearly 280 miles of roads, 10,000 campsites that include utility hookups and cabins, and access to more than 130,000 surface-acres of water.

Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, camping, or exploring, there’s a Kansas State Park that you can enjoy!

Take a tech timeout for the day and enjoy a healthy dose of recreation.  Spending time outdoors cannot only make you happier and reduce stress and anxiety, but it also promotes a healthy body and even helps you live longer.  Not to mention the family bonding that you’d experience!

“Our Kansas State Parks offer unique terrain, amazing trails, and scenic landscapes for everyone to enjoy,” said Robin Jennison, secretary, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. “We’re pleased that for a second year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has chosen the Kansas State Parks to serve as the centerpiece of this campaign."

To help kids get out and enjoy the outdoors, BCBS is offering a coloring book at all state park locations, rest stops, local tourism offices, and the Kansas State Fair. It features a map of all 26 state parks, information about the parks and educational tips.

If you’re free on October 1st, there’s really no reason not to get out there and check out some of what Kansas has to offer – for FREE!

When you hit the trail Oct. 1 make to tag all your adventure posts with the hashtag #HealthyAdventure.

Photo Credit:  Travel Kansas

To learn more and pick the perfect state park for your next adventure head over to the Healthy Trails Adventure Day page!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Amanda Topinka: The Kansas State Fair is COMING up soon!!

See the blue-ribbon winning animals, stroll around exhibits from across the state, take a ride down the Midway, listen to live music, and top it all off by indulging in an eclectic menu of fried cuisine.  Where can you do all of this?
The Kansas State Fair! 

The annual Kansas State Fair begins the Friday following Labor Day and lasts for 10 days at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas.

This 10-day event packs non-stop fun for all ages in Hutchinson each September and attracts the largest special event crowd in the state, totaling more than 350,000. For more than 100 years fairgoers have enjoyed seeing the blue-ribbon animals, strolling around exhibits, riding down the Midway, hearing live music, and topping it all off - indulging in an eclectic menu of fried cuisine.

You don't want to miss it!

Photo Credit:  Amanda's Photocreations - 9/8/12 - Thanks, Mandy!
Don’t forget to take a photo at the fair and post it to Instagram, Twitter or on the Kansas Tourism Facebook page and use the hashtag #KSBucketList (one entry per person per location) for a chance to win!

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