Big Kansas Road Trip - May 3-6 2018
Include the Fromme-Birney Round Barn on your tour of Kiowa, Comanche and Barber Counties on this fun Kansas get-away-weekend. The Big Kansas Road Trip is sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation
"Road Trip" Events
Daily activities at the Fromme-Birney Round Barn during the Big Kansas Road Trip
Saturday May 5 @ 6:30 pm
Come and hear Norval Ralstin playing the Musical Saw ; Wilma McChristian & Tracy Weaver on Accordion; Eldon Weaver - Harmonica; and Trudy Weaver Flowers on Ukulele.
Norval is a local rancher and steward of the round barn. A treat is to hear "Amazing Grace" from this musician and his amazing saw.
The Barn Raisers (documentary)
Twilight Theatre - Greensburg KS
May 5, 10:30 a.m. (free)
"The Barn Raisers" historical documentary feature film tells the story of barns in the Midwest by examining them through the lens of architecture. What do barn settings, styles, methods and materials tell us about the people who built them, the life they lived, and the role these vanishing country cathedrals played in the settling and building of a growing nation? Barns were constructed by farmer-craftsmen, professional builders who traveled from job to job and even architects like Frank Lloyd Wright. "The Barn Raisers" paints a cinematic portrait of barns and builders, and reminds us that these remnants from America's rural past are still here to be appreciated and experienced. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/barnmovie/
Vern Birney in his wheat crop, 1980's
The barn was built 1912 for Henry W. Fromme to house his draft horses that pulled the machinery to grow the wheat crops. Four years later, the Fromme family bought their first tractor in 1916, thus the barn was obsolete in just four short years after it was built. The machinery of today is pulled by large tractors and the farmers use new higher yielding varieties, fertilizers and pest management that produces higher yields than were produced in 1912. Stewardship of the land in maintaining soil quality allows for the farmers to reach their goal of leaving this productive soil to produce crops for generations to come.