BUFFALO JONES RE-ENACTOR APPEARING AT HISTORICAL SOCIETY PICNIC OCT. 2

Southwest Kansans who missed seeing Garden City co-founder C.J. Buffalo Jones in May at the Finney County Museum’s “Evening in the Past” program can count on a second chance Oct. 2.

That’s the date of the historical society’s annual fall picnic, with a program featuring Buffalo Jones, portrayed by re-enactor Lary Cole of Holcomb. The event is set for 1 p.m. in the grandstand meeting room at the Finney County Fairgrounds.

FCHS members and the public are welcome and admission is free, but reservations are required and due by Sept. 28. The number to call is 620-272-3664 and reservations may also be made in person at the museum.

Everyone planning to attend is asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. Fried chicken, beverages and table service will be provided.

“The Life and Times of Buffalo Jones” will draw on the guest presenter’s experience in past performances for both the Finney and Kearny County Historical Societies, as well as last fall’s Historic Walking Tours of Valley View Cemetery, and his involvement in Cowboy Action Shooting.

Jones, a contemporary of Buffalo Bill Cody and President Theodore Roosevelt, was known for exploits such as Buffalo hunting, encounters with Native Americans, an African safari and service as the first superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. He is also credited with helping to preserve the American Bison, and with serving as one of Garden City’s four founding fathers, along with John Stevens, James Fulton and William Fulton.

Dressed in authentic attire, Cole portrays Jones and shares first-person accounts of his adventures.

The picnic will conclude with a drawing, offering cash and merchandise prizes provided by Keller Leopold Insurance, Ehresman Packing, Walmart, Wards’s Garden Center, West Dillons, Roth Glass and Framing, the Garden City Telegram, Megan and Brian Wehkamp, Steve and Rhonda Stone, Ray and Carol Heinemann, Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo and others. Drawing tickets will be available at the event.