Lindsborg featured on state trip

Tourism is alive and well in Lindsborg.

“What we’re seeing here is the opposite of what is going on in most Kansas towns,” said Holly Lofton, director of the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Despite challenges, Lindsborg has seen a renovation of its buildings, attracted young entrepreneurs and had a number of its businesses being kept up through a succession of owners.

“We’re growing. We’re seeing a definite turnaround in our downtown from where we were 10 years ago,” Lofton said. “Young people are the future of tourism.”

On Sept. 30, Lindsborg will be a featured stop on the “Taste of North Central Kansas Road Trip,” put on by the Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Foundation.

“We’re excited,” said Bobbie Athon, KHS public information officer. “It’s going to be a lot of food and fun.”

More than 50 people will take a bus to 10 spots in Kansas, including Salina, Rock City, Lincoln and Lindsborg.

“It’s a good opportunity for people to appreciate unique things in Kansas,” Athon said.

The trip will give travelers a look at history, art, architecture and curiosities around the north central Kansas area.

“We wanted to be able to highlight some of the wonderful places that are listed in the historic register,” Athon said. “We’ll be providing a lot of context for people on the bus ahead of time.”

One reason that Lindsborg was included on the schedule was its reputation for art, Athon said. The bus will make a stop at the Red Barn Studio Museum to learn about artist Lester Raymer.

“We’ll also be visiting and learning about Birger Sandzen,” Athon noted. “There’s a nice progression of artists and seeing how they were influenced by Kansas.”

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