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BarnFest '17 - Barn Restoration Workshop & Historic Barn Tours

BarnFest 2017

BarnFest'17 will kick off on Thursday, October 5 events at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall (402 W. 6th St.) in Concordia. Registration, morning presentations and the Silent Auction will be held at the Fellowship Hall. Amanda Loughlin from the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office will share information on benefits and methods of listing a barn on the State and National Historic Register. Additional speakers/topics will round out our morning session. Lunch will be served at the Fellowship Hall by the church ladies.

After lunch the group will move to the nearby Brown Grand Theatre (310 W 6th) to watch two DVDs on the big screen. The first is the 2010 Barn Repair Workshop featuring repair on the Staudenmeier Barn in Doniphan County. Tom Kennedy, St. Louis, was one of the participants in the week long Barn Repair Workshop. Over the past years Kennedy continued to work on the Staudenmeier Barn. He will share photos and stories about the barn repair. The second DVD is a documentary, "The Barn Raisers", produced by Fourth Wall Films by Kelly and Tammy Rundle will also be shown. Filmed in Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan it tells the story of Midwestern barn building from the ground up and the families who built them.

BarnFest is traditionally the time that the Kansas Barn Alliance announces the winners of this year's "Let's Get Started" Grant. That announcement will be worked into the first day's agenda.

The Thursday agenda continues into the evening with a catered dinner back at the Fellowship Hall with entertainment and networking to end the first day's activities. Plus there will be Door Prizes throughout the day.

On Friday, Oct. 6, attendees will meet at the Fellowship Hall to car pool on a tour of seven Cloud County barns with a catered lunch (including pie) at The Barns at Bear Bottoms (see photo on the Registration Form). The tour also includes a stop at Holbert's Garage to see Leonard, the longhorn and other rural treasurers.

Barn owners and supporters throughout the Kansas and Nebraska are encouraged to attend and learn about methods of barn maintenance and restoration. However, we accept barn lovers from anywhere!

Participants may choose to attend one or both days of BarnFest '17. Register prior to September 25 to save on registration.

The Kansas Barn Alliance promotes barn restoration throughout Kansas.

BarnFest 2017 Schedule [Download Schedule]

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 402 W 6th ST (west end of downtown Concordia)
9:00 - 9:30 Registration
9:45 Welcome (Opening of Silent Auction, Introductions, Schedule Updates, etc.)
10:00 Wessels Living History Farm, York, NE.
How did the 1920's home and farmstead develop and how is it used today.
11:00 Amanda Loughlin, the National Register Coordinator
Amanda shares info about listing properties on the National Register for Historic Places.
Noon Fried Chicken Lunch prepared by the Church Ladies
Afternoon presentations at Brown Grand Theatre, 310 W 6 ST
1:00 Barn Repair Training Workshop DVD and discussion.
The DVD covers some of the basic techniques used in restoring historic barns and was extracted from a Barn Repair Training Workshop which was the inspiration of the Kansas Barn Alliance and Trillium Dell Timberworks, Knoxville, Illinois. The five day workshop was held in June, 2010 at the Staudenmeier Barn in Doniphan County Kansas. Tom Kennedy, St. Louis, participated in the workshop and completed additional repairs on the Staudenmeier Barn. He will share before and after photos of the barn repair project.
2:30 The Barn Raisers DVD by Fourth Wall Films
The Barn Raisers tells the fascinating story of vintage barns and the mysterious men who built them. Insightful interviews with barn owners, historians, architects, artists and preservationists join with "country cathedrals" in Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan to tell this uniquely American story.
4:00 Break for information about the Brown Grand Theatre.
Back to Christian Church Fellowship Hall to check out Silent Auction items. Free time to check into motel or explore Concordia. Tours of Whole Wall Mural, POW Camp Concordia and National Orphan Train Museum available.
6:30 Dinner at Christian Church Fellowship Hall
Catered by Marla's Joy. Continue Silent Auction bidding. Bring a "Show and Tell" for part of evening entertainment.
Friday, October 6
8:30 Meet at Christian Church Fellowship Hall for rolls & coffee.
9:00 Depart by car pool for tours of three barns in eastern Cloud County
12:00 Lunch at The Barn at Bear Bottoms.
1:00 Depart for tours of three barns in western Cloud County with a stop at Holbert's Garage to meet Leonard, the Longhorn.
4:00 BarnFest'17 ends
We reserve the right to alter the schedule to better fit the days' activities.

Kansas Barn Books II, III, & IV, published by Martha Knudsen, are available.

Books by Martha Knudsen can be purchased at the Cloud County Tourism office at 6th and US-81 in Concordia or by contacting Susie Haver, maggiejunes@yahoo.com or 785-243-4303.

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