Fall Barn Quilt Class

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Barn Quilt Class Flyer

Once again, Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development has organized a barn quilt class for Friday, November 9, 2018. Registration will be accepted until October 31, unless the class fills sooner, as space is limited. Anyone interested in attending a class or wanting to be made aware of future classes may contact Cowley First by calling (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094 or email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org.

Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Tisdale Methodist Church, 8 miles east of Winfield at 17507 US Hwy 160. Attendees may choose to make a 2 foot or a 4 foot barn quilt.

Cost for the class is as follows: (2’) $40; (4’) $75; which includes all supplies. Attendees may bring a pattern or choose a pattern at the class. Barn quilts are painted on Medium Density Overlay board (MDO), also known as sign board, which is appropriate for outdoor use and painted with high-quality exterior latex paint.

Anyone from Cowley County or the surrounding area is invited to register for the barn quilt classes. The barn quilt does not have to be hung on a barn nor does it have to be added to the trail; though quilt trail applications will be available at the classes for those that would like to have their quilt added to the maps and websites.

The barn quilt craze has inspired many people to proudly display quilts on their businesses, fire departments, schools, swimming pools, city and community buildings and garages in addition to the traditional barn.

Information on barn quilts and maps of their locations in Cowley County along with other tourism information can be found at Visit.CowleyCounty.org or picked up at the Arkansas City and Winfield chambers.

Back Road Dining

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2018 Back Road Dining flyer

For the third summer Cowley First has kicked-off a fun dining event; “Back Road Dining in Cowley County”. Once again, Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development has teamed up with four restaurants in Cowley County to offer a chance to win a $25 dining gift certificate.

Those wishing to participate in the Back Road Dining promotion are asked to dine at four participating restaurants where they can receive a punch card. After eating at all four establishments their completed card will be entered into the free drawing for a chance to win a $25 dining gift certificate. You may complete the Back Road Dining circuit more than once prior to the conclusion of the promotion on October 31, 2018.

The Back Road restaurants are excited to be once again participating in the event and welcome you to their dining establishments. All known for homemade specialties and crowd-pleasing favorites, a large variety of amazing food awaits you.

Lil’ Red Rooster, 323 Main St, Atlanta, (620) 394-2022 is open Wednesday and Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  With thirteen different burgers to choose from a person is bound to find a new favorite. Breakfast items like fresh hotcakes and dinnertime options like burgers and chicken fried steaks are common. Historical pictures of Atlanta grace the interior walls and a mural of The Caboose Museum is proudly displayed outside. Continue Reading

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Barn Quilt Kits

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Just in time for the 2018 Cowley County fair, Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development has a limited number of barn quilt kits for sale.

For the third year, the Cowley County Fair has a Barn Quilt class, class number 78. To increase the number of entries at the far, Cowley First is selling barn quilt kits. Cost of a kit is $40 which includes a 2 foot primed barn quilt board, choice of paint colors, paint brushes and instructions. A selection of quilt patterns is also available or the painter may choose their own.

To reserve and make arrangement to pick up your kit or to inquire about other barn quilt kit sizes currently available, call Cowley First at (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094 or email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org. Office location has changed to the Cowley County Courthouse.

Business Appreciation Month Reception

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June is “Business Appreciation Month” across the State of Kansas.  Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development Partnership, Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce and Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce partnered to nominate outstanding businesses in Cowley County for consideration of the 2018 Kansas Business Appreciation Awards presented by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Businesses were nominated in one of four categories: Manufacturing/Distribution, Service, Retail, Hospital/Non-Profit .

Consideration for a business to be nominated includes business expansion, successful employee retention and recruitment practices, capital investment in Kansas and support of local activities including education, community events, and economic development and leadership programs.

The following area businesses were nominated and will be honored at a June reception: Cowley CourierTraveler, Emerald Bank, John’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Shindigs Bar and Grill, Steamy Joe Coffee Shop.

The public and business community is invited to attend the reception recognizing our local businesses.  The Business Appreciation Month celebration will be held Thursday, June 7 at Wheat State Wine Co, 23622 Springhill Farm Dr., Winfield.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with award presentation at 5:00 p.m. RSVP is requested by June 4.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and wine and beer available to purchase by the glass.  Contact Cowley First at 442-3094 or 221-9951, or email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org if you plan to attend.

Facilities Management Luncheon

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Cowley County Facilities Management group will be meeting June 13, 2018 from 11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m. at the Winfield Chamber of Commerce, 123 E. 9th Ave. for a luncheon sponsored by Cowley First and GLMV Architecture.

Erin Kiser, Laura Heagler, and Jeff Petrick of GLMV Architecture will be presenting on 3-D Facility Management – Documenting Facilities in a 3-D Environment and Integrating Equipment and Maintenance Data.

Area employers are invited to send their facility managers to this free presentation and luncheon for the opportunity to network with others employed in the same field of work.

The luncheon is an effort by Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development and Mahaney Roofing to grow a Facility Managers network in Cowley County to provide support to local facilities mangers and planners as well as maintenance technicians. The Cowley County Facilities Management Network gathers over lunch on a quarterly basis and invites speakers to present a topic that aligns with on one of the eleven core competencies of facilities management.

RSVP is required by noon, June 11th to attend and should be directed to Deb Firebaugh at Cowley First via email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org or call (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094.