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Kansas Trivia

Let's Dance with Some Current Events - March 6, 2020

Q: Kansas lawmakers have been considering lots of legislation this session. One proposal would designate an official dance for the state of Kansas, perhaps even more than one. Disco and the Two-Step are not currently in the running. Which two dances are currently under consideration to become an official state dance of Kansas?

February 21, 2020 - The Art and Fun of Farming

A threshing machine in operation. (Photo from Wikipedia)

Q: Sometime in the 1930s, a northeast Kansas farmer decided to invite people to his home, serve them food and give a demonstration of how his fancy farm machinery worked. The event was a big hit. So big, in fact, that it eventually became an annual festival that continues to this day in Jefferson County. What's the name of the farmer who started the McLouth Threshing Bee?

(Extra credit if you can tell us what "threshing" is!)

Titans of Industry - February 7, 2020

Q: This man grew up in southeast Kansas and later graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. He tried becoming a small-town druggist, but it wasn't meant to be. Instead, he got into the oil business and by 1907, was described as the richest man in Kansas. By World War I, his company was the largest independent oil company in the nation. What's his name and the name of his company?

Pioneers on the Plains - January 10, 2020

Q: Eastern Kansas is bracing for a winter storm this weekend that will likely bring several rounds of snow and freezing rain. As bad as that sounds, times were even tougher on the pioneers. According to the Kansas Historical Society, one blizzard was so bad that an estimated 100 Kansans froze to death. In what year did this happen? 

(Here's a hint: It happened during the "Blizzard of eighteen-eighty..." - what?)

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