TFAL is a feature where local residents give tips on what to do, see, eat, and check out while you visit their town. Today’s tipster is Michele Boucher. Michele Boucher is an English professor at the local college and part-time plant nursery worker. She is also affiliated with Prairie Outfitters and Excursions, so check them out next time you are in the area.
Picnic in Island Park, Gallery 1001, Wheat State Winery
Worth the price of the ticket: Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival, Kayaking/nature excursions with Prairie Outfitters and Excursions
Hot and humid in the summer
This is small-town Kansas, but because of the Bluegrass Festival (which has a national audience) and a local college, we are pretty accepting of visitors. We have a large contingent of former state hospital patients that live in group homes around town, so the town is friendly to the mobility impaired. We lack a diverse population, and you’ll find some people who have never left the county, but in general, all types of people are welcome.
Cowley County Historical Museum
Going to Wichita, to Farmer’s Market and Old Town shopping or taking the bridge tour. Also, kayaking in the local rivers.
Campus of Southwestern College, Island Park, New library
Ha ha ha–we’re Kansans. We would never let on if we were irked.
The only time I would name Winfield as a tourist destination is in September, for the Bluegrass Festival. But you’re always welcome!