Fall Festivals Near Hutchinson

Here at Midwest Superstore, one of the things we like best about fall is all the local autumn fests. Nearly every city and small town in Kansas hosts its own celebration, and each of these four fall festivals near Hutchinson is worth a visit.

Oktoberfest Wichita

Each year, the Church of the Blessed Sacrament hosts an Oktoberfest celebration. One of the highlights is the Run for the Poor 5K. This year’s race and festival will be held on Sept. 28.

Rod Run

The 12th Annual Rod Run Classic Car Show is coming to Hutchinson on Oct. 4-5. A free barbecue dinner will be offered on the evening of Oct. 4. On both days, there will be live music, craft beer, and fun activities for kids.

Oktoberfest Stafford

The town of Stafford will celebrate its 30th annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 5. The festival includes delicious food, fun activities, and live music. It all happens downtown.

Bethel College Fall Festival

Head east to North Newton and have fun at the annual Bethel College Fall Festival. This year’s event will take place Oct. 12 and coincide with the school’s first home football game of the month. The fun really starts Oct. 10 with the Taste of Newton, with fun activities across campus Oct. 11 and the festival itself the next day.

Get Ready for the 2019 Kansas State Fair

Ever since it was first held here in 1913, the Kansas State Fair has been Hutchinson’s most anticipated annual event. Here at Midwest Superstore, we can’t wait for this year’s fair, which takes place Sept. 6-15. To get you ready, we’ve put together a brief preview of the music, food, and fun you can expect at the 2019 Kansas State Fair.

This year’s music lineup at the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand will include acts like Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots with Nicolle Galyon; Billy Currington; Skillet; Francesca Battistelli with Zach Williams; and Lauren Alaina with Mitchell Tenpenny. Ticket prices vary depending on the artist, but get yours as soon as possible to ensure that you’ll have a seat.

At the 2019 Kansas State Fair, you’ll also find exhibits for agriculture, clothing and textiles, fine arts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and more. Livestock exhibits will include a llama show scheduled for Sept. 6. Bring your appetite along, because there will be plenty of food as well — everything from deep-fried fair favorites to healthier options.

Excited yet? Start making plans to join the more than 300,000 people expected to show up this year — and get ready to take part in an essential Kansas tradition.

Why a Car Is the Best Graduation Gift

Graduation time is here, and whether your grad is walking across the high school stage or the university stage, a car is the best gift you can give! Here are some reasons why your big gift for your grad should be a car from Midwest Superstore.

Safe Options

If your grad gets a car on his or her own, it might be the most economical option, but not the safest option. When you’re in control of what car you’re getting, you can ensure that your student will be behind the wheel of a safe vehicle.

Smart Choices

When you give the gift of a car, you get to pick an option that makes the most sense for your grad. While he or she might prefer a sports car that has a lot of power, you know that a fuel-efficient vehicle with slightly less power is a smarter and ultimately more helpful option.

College Transportation

If your graduate is going away to college, a car is a perfect gift because it makes it easy to get to and from campus. You can choose a car with enough space that’s perfect for hauling your student’s college gear and, of course, for making the trip home to visit!

To take a look at our new or used inventory, visit us today at Midwest Superstore!

Saint Patrick’s Day in Hutchinson

If you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, we’re here to help! Here are some festive Saint Patrick’s Day events in and around Hutchinson, Kansas.

ShamWalk 2019 (Hutchinson)

This yearly event lets you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in a fun, group setting. This pub crawl is a group event that will give you a “Punch Card” to use at participating establishments. There are giveaways, activities, and t-shirts. The event typically takes place the weekend before Saint Patrick’s Day, meaning the bars you visit won’t be too crowded.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (Wichita)

If you’re up for a short drive, you’ll love the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16 in Wichita’s historic Delano neighborhood. This parade is full of vintage cars, lively bands, and plenty of floats. A “Paddy’s Parade Pit Stop” will take place at 810 W. Douglas, where you can enjoy food trucks and games.

Aero Plains Brewing St. Paddy’s Day Block Party (Wichita)

Enjoy this block party thrown by Aero Plains Brewing, where the festive-colored beer will be flowing. Huffy and the Night Train and Ten Day Wish will perform live music. Five different food trucks will be on hand to serve yummy local eats. This event will take place on March 16 and runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To find out even more about some Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, or to celebrate with us, stop by Midwest Superstore!

Decorating Your Vehicle for Trunk or Treat

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Trunk or treat is rising in prominence in recent years, as more and more communities dedicate themselves to providing a safer and more reliable spot for young children to gather their candy on Halloween, surrounded by people they can trust. Part of the fun of trunk or treat is decorating your vehicle, so here are some ideas.

Giant Frog

All you have to do for this one is get a green tarp with some giant googly eyes, stick some frog legs made of cardboard on the side, and have a long red tarp falling out of the mouth for a tongue.

Bakery Theme

If you want your theme to expand beyond your vehicle, this can be a fun one. Set up several tables with tablecloths in front of your open trunk, along with some small display cases for “bakery goodies,” or candy. You can nail home the cafe vibes by putting a fake awning on your liftgate.

Mad Scientists’ Lab

Stick some caution tape and a biohazard sign around your vehicle, then set up a table with beakers and vials full of water with food coloring. Don’t forget the white coat, gloves, or safety goggles!

Vampire Teeth

This is a pretty simple one for somebody without much time, money, or artistic talent. All it takes is putting some giant vampire teeth on the trunk of your vehicle! You can find ways to spice it up with some giant eyeballs or bat wings.

If your car is scary without a trunk-or-treat costume, let the team here at Midwest Superstore find a ride that’s right for you.

Four Family-Friendly Outdoor Activities in Hutchinson

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Celebrate summer with these family-friendly outdoor activities designed to entertain the whole family.

Hutchinson Zoo

One of the most tried-and-true things to do with your family is heading to the zoo, and the Hutchinson Zoo has plenty of fun activities and animals to see. You and your crew can hitch a ride on the train, check out the Prairie Dog Complex, marvel at the Lagoon Overlook, and visit with feathered creatures in the Wildlife Aviary.

Yoder Amish Community

An established community for over 125 years and with 100 Amish families, Yoder offers tourists the sight of horse and buggies and historical homes, as well as handmade goods and locally-grown, fresh food.

Dillon Nature Center

Get outside and in the midst of beautiful landscapes at the Dillon Nature Center. It features three miles of trails, a fishing pond, and a children’s play area, in addition to over 300 species of plants and 200 species of birds.

Strataca

Want to get out of the house but stay out of the sweltering, hot weather? Strataca gives you and your family the unique experience of heading 650 feet underground to a salt mine beneath Kansas. A guided tour leads visitors through chambers and lets you collect your own piece of salt from the mine. Plus, the Underground Vaults & Storage chamber is used to securely keep many objects including movie props and costumes!

There are many more family-friendly outdoor activities in Hutchinson, but these should get you started on a great summer. To ensure your car is up to the driving challenges of summer, schedule a maintenance check with our trained technicians at Midwest Superstore.