Sunday, January 7, 2018

New Year - Looking Back and New Plans!

Each year I like to look back at what was accomplished and make new plans for the future of Stone Barn Farm. In 2017, we added two concerts to our events and the Vintage Camper Show attendance doubled from the previous year.

Our first concert was held in April and featured Ned Ledoux.

It stormed and rained like crazy the day of the concert!! What an experience it was! I was so nervous that no one would show up. We hoped to have the concert at our barn but since it was an outdoor venue we made a decision to move it to Cedar Vale, 15 miles away. The Hewins Park Pavilion had a large stage and was covered. It's a historic building and the community of Cedar Vale welcomed us. The concert started at 8 p.m. and at 7:15 there were few cars arriving. Thankfully, the rain stopped just before the concert and 500 people showed up! We had hoped for 300 so you can imagine my surprise. They all came from little kids to grandparents and Ned put on a fabulous show!

In the fall, we held our second concert of the year and had booked Jason Boland and the Stragglers. I love red dirt music and had been a fan for many years. This time, Mother Nature sent high winds the day of the concert. We were able to keep it at the Stone Barn and rearranged the stage. We met our target of 300 concert goers and everyone there had a great time!

Our Vintage Camper Show continues to grow in attendance and the number of campers registered. Three years ago, attendance was around 300. Last year we had 1,000 visitors and this year it increased to 2,000! Cars were coming in as far as the eye could see! It was a wonderful event - music, shopping from homemade vendors and crafters, good comfort food and 18 vintage campers. Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe signed their Kansas Guidebooks. We learned that we needed more bathrooms, trashcans and food vendors. I can't wait to see how this event grows in the future.

So now on to 2018 and new plans for Happenings! I'm working on booking more concerts this year and grow the Vintage Camper Show. Also, looking at redecorating and remodeling some of the cabins. We will continue to rent tables and chairs and host weddings. I'm also looking for new event ideas. Let me know you would like to attend. What type of events would you like us to have at the Stone Barn Farm?

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