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Kansans for Life rents Cowtown for ‘Faith, Family, Pro-life’ party

A covered wagon takes passengers down the streets of Old Cowtown Museum. Kansans for Life will hold a “Faith, Family, Pro-life Cowtown Extravaganza” on June 26 at the living history museum.
A covered wagon takes passengers down the streets of Old Cowtown Museum. Kansans for Life will hold a “Faith, Family, Pro-life Cowtown Extravaganza” on June 26 at the living history museum. File photo

Kansans for Life will be taking over the Old Cowtown Museum historical park for a day next month for a “Faith, Family, Pro-life Cowtown Extravaganza,” the organization announced Tuesday.

The organization has rented the city-owned facility for the June 26 event, which will run from 1 to 8 p.m. and will feature games, food and Christian musical entertainment.

Proceeds will go to Kansans for Life, which works to curtail abortion through public events, lobbying and political activism.

“Obviously as a pro-life group, we love families,” said Anna Myers of the organization. “We wanted to come up with some kind of a family fundraiser for the summertime.”

It’s the first time Kansans for Life has rented Cowtown for an event, she said. The group has held a sort of semi-potluck picnic in the summer in previous years but wanted to step it up this year.

While the event will be decidedly pro-life, it won’t be overtly political, Myers said.

“I don’t think we’ll have local politicians (making speeches) or anything like that,” she said.

Instead, the event will have a full menu of Cowtown-style entertainment, including a staged gunfight and wagon rides, free hotdogs for the first 1,000 patrons and free watermelon while it lasts.

Legacy Bank, Bott Radio Network and Hampel Oil are sponsoring the event. Kansans for Life also will be renting booths to vendors.

The event will overlap with Cowtown’s usual Sunday hours of noon to 5 p.m. But the attraction is open to the general public for $4 for adults and $1 for children, so regular Cowtown visitors won’t be turned away, Myers said.

“It’s just that the public will get in for a cheaper price,” she said. Regular Cowtown admission is $7.75 for adults and $5.50 to $6 for youth, depending on age.

The headline entertainer will be contemporary Christian musician Rusty Rierson of Leon, recording artist and host of the “Rusty Radio” program on Mid America Ag Network stations. Other worship bands and choirs will also perform.

Old Cowtown is at 1865 W. Museum Blvd. in Wichita. For more information, call Kansans for Life at 316-687-5433.

Dion Lefler: 316-268-6527, @DionKansas

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