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Prairie Winnies campout in Chautauqa Park

BELOIT – The Prairie Winnies, a group of campers from the State of Kansas gathered at Chautauqua Park this past week to settle in and get acquainted with the town of Beloit.

They visited several locations starting with lunch at Bubba Q's on Thursday on their arrival.

Breakfast at the Kettle started their day on Friday before the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce and the North Central Kansas Technical College provided a tour and coffee at the college, the Little Red Schoolhouse and drive-by's provided viewings of several rock structures in the area including the courthouse, St. John's Catholic Church, and the Purdue House. They learned why Beloit is called Tree City USA and viewed various projects in the town including Trojan Stadium and the history of brick streets.

Shopping opportunities in the downtown were available and their day ended at the courthouse with a tour provided by Brian Streit. Plum Creek Restaurant completed their last meal of the day before they headed to their campground for an evening of games.

Saturday began with breakfast at the Banner before Mitchell County Historical Society Director Kyle Peterson gave an informative presentation. A pot luck meal with games and singing around the campfire provided evening entertainment.

Beloit hosts Dan and Vera Streit and Mike and Dianne Budke provided Sunday's morning meal and worship service before the Prairie Winnies headed down the road for their next destination.

Some scheduled to attend the Prairie Winnies Friendship Campout included: Mike and Dianne Budke, Tipton; Danny and Leah Cochran; Ron and Norma Conner, Shawnee; Al and Glenda Crafton, Wichita; Mary Frances Engelbert, Beloit; Neal and Joyce Haerich; Gerald and Anna Hill, Plains; David and Loretta Marlowe, Linwood; Richard and Brenda Martin, Wichita; Gerhard and Julie Neufeld, Newton; Joe and Gail Robben; Rod and Wanda Ryel, Sedgwick; Jim and Taunya Siebert ,Wichita; Dan and Vera Streit, Beloit; John and Sandra Veh, Hill City; Richard and Carol Vester, Hutchinson; Randal and Phyliss Weller, Hill City.

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Beloit Call

P.O. Box 309, Concordia, Ks. 66901

Phone: 785-738-3537