Plowin', Plantin' and Playing on the Prairie

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This Edition of Mahaffie e-News:

  • Plowin', Plantin' and Playing on the Prairie Saturday May 12
  • Moms Matter at Mahaffie Sunday May 13
  • Spots Still Available for Mahaffie Croquet Tournament June 1: Teams Forming Now!
  • National Travel and Tourism Week is May 5-May 13
Plowin', Plantin', and Playing on the Prairie

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., Olathe, will join with the Olathe Junior Service League for the annual Plowin’, Plantin’ and Playing on the Prairie event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 12.  Visitors can get a hands-on look at springtime on an 1860s farm. The Olathe Junior Service League will have a free book for every child as they are combining their annual kick-off of summer reading with the Spring Plowing event at Mahaffie.

See how farmers would prepare their crops, plow their field with horse power, see what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove, take a stagecoach ride and more! Other activities may include a Trading Post, storytelling, leather braiding, rain sticks, Indian Dancers, leather stamping, games, laundry and more! Other springtime farming activities may include planting a sunflower seed, helping plant the Mahaffie garden, exploring modern farm equipment, and visiting Alpacas. Some activities are weather permitting.  Admission is FREE, stagecoach rides are $1/person ages 3 and up. Visit for details and to download a memory book of the event.

Moms Matter at Mahaffie Sunday May 13

All moms are admitted FREE on Sunday May 13 at Mahaffie. Learn more about your family by filling out a family tree in the Heritage Center while enjoying cookies and tea. Activities may include visiting the blacksmith, see what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's cookstove and a ride in horse drawn carriage. Sunday hours are noon to 4 p.m.

Spots Still Available for Mahaffie Croquet Tournament June 1: Teams Forming Now!

Teams are forming now for the Third-annual Mahaffie Sunflower Wickets croquet tournament.  This unique event is being hosted by the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Foundation in support of the preservation, programming and promotion of the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site located at 1200 Kansas City Rd. in Olathe. 
Sunflower Wickets will be held Friday, June 1 at Stagecoach Park, located across the street from the Mahaffie historic site.  The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with registration at the Heritage Center followed by a champagne luncheon at noon. Croquet play in Stagecoach Park follows, with the awards ceremony at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the Heritag Center. Prizes will be awarded to the top four finishing teams.
Croquet was a popular in-expensive sport throughout the country in the mid 19th century. 
Two-person teams are now forming.  For more information about forming a team or tournament sponsorship opportunities, contact Mahaffie at (913) 971-5111.
Special thanks to the Missouri Croquet Association for their assistance with the event. 

National Tourism and Travel Week May 5-May 13

The Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism in Kansas is celebrating National Tourism Week throughout Kansas with their 'Tourism Clicks in Kansas' events. Enjoy this seven minute video of sites from all over the state sharing why tourism is important to Kansas.  Mahaffie is featured around the 5 minute mark. Did you know Tourism is the #3 largest Private Sector Employer in Kansas?

The Annual Salute to Travel and Tourism in America
The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Since its establishment, the U.S. travel community has collectively marked the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local legislative bodies.

Up to date photos of Living History activities are available on the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Facebook page. 

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site is operated by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Olathe. Open hours, stagecoach operations, living history activities, special events and programs vary seasonally.  Access is limited in the winter months and the site is closed major holidays. Please call or visit our website for current times and dates,  (913) 971-5111.



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