Friends group leads statue renovation drive

Friends of Johnny Kaw believe in the legendary farmer's classic tale and chiseled look so devotedly, they’ve started a drive to beautify his City Park homestead with improved landscapes and nameplate to detail his many prairie exploits. You can join the Kaw Club too ($5). Find info at Friends of Johnny Kaw. Visit Manhattan will sell club membership along with Johnny bobblehead ($15), to culminate on Johnny Kaw Day, May 10. The party includes 1-mile run, hot dogs from MHK Meats and more. Enter a drawing to win a Johnny Kaw watercolor painting ($5 tickets & 5/$20); purchase drawing tickets at Manhattan Chamber office (501 Poyntz Ave.) and through the Johnny Kaw Facebook (above). 

The statue itself was constructed in 1966. The legend, a creation of Kansas State agronomy professor George Filinger. As far as we’re concerned, Johnny’s still a powerful presence here on the Great Plains. Visit Manhattan, Gateway to the Flint Hills, and salute Johnny Kaw. The Great Kansas Wheat Grower towers over City Park as his legend continues to grow.

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