Fund-raising event commemorates 50th anniversary of wildlife area’s dedication
HOISINGTON -- A famous Kansas landmark will celebrate a historic milestone Oct. 12. Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area was officially dedicated Oct. 13, 1957. Friends and supporters of the internationally-acclaimed Kansas marsh plan an evening of activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its dedication.

The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, when buses will begin shuttling guests from the Hoisington Activity Center (K-4 and Susank Road) to the event grounds. A silent auction and social hour will begin at 5 p.m. with hors d’ouevres, cash bar, and music by Ann Zimmerman. A live auction will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a program including photographs by wildlife photographer Mike Blair. The evening will conclude with a bus tour of the wildlife area and the Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway. Shuttle buses will return to Hoisington by 8:30 p.m.

A minimum $20 donation per person is recommended. The first 250 donors registered will receive a specially-minted commemorative medallion. Interested persons may register by email ( or by calling 800-869-0332. Proceeds from the event, which is being organized by The Cheyenne Partnership, will go to the exhibits fund of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.