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Weather clears up for end of Folklife Festival

It was a bit soggy for this weekend's Flint Hills Folklife Festival in Cottonwood Falls, but organizer Sue Smith says it was a heck of a weekend.

 

Sunday's early morning thunderstorms rendered the Chase County Courthouse lawn -- the usual sight for the festival -- unusable, so everything was moved downtown along Main Street. Smith said this turned out to be an excellent move, with a steady flow of traffic seen throughout the day.

This was the 16th year for the event, and the closest it has ever come to having trouble with the weather, Smith said.

The event featured historic workshops, presenters and activities, including leather working, stone masonry, broom making and a Buffalo Soldiers encampment, as well as soap making, basket weaving, blacksmithing, quilting, and pottery making.

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