Woodcarving & wine at the annual Flint Hills Festival

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Nearly 4,000 people came to the Flint Hills Discovery Center Saturday for the annual Flint Hills Festival.

The Flint Hills Discovery center, and the streets surrounding it, were packed Saturday.

Marketing Coordinator for the Flint Hills Discovery Center, Abriana Deltufo, says this is the biggest turnout yet.

"Last year we had about 2,500 people and the weather was awful, and today the weather is looking pretty nice,” Deltufo said.

The event is about celebrating the culture of the Flint Hills.

"We just want to kind of give back to the community and show them a lot of the history and heritage that the flint hills promotes,” Deltufo said.
Many local vendors and artists came to show off their craft.

TJ Jenkins is a wood carver who carves with a chainsaw. He encourages people to come out next year.

"Well you gotta come down,” said Jenkins. “This is an amazing festival because it's great fun. I'm carving, there's a lot of great demonstrations and a lot of artists working here. There's live music and a lot of great food."

While the kids may have enjoyed the games and inflatables, a popular attraction for the adults was a beer and wine tasting tent.

"My favorite part was the beer tent,” Issac Fehr said.

People also had the chance to go inside the Flint Hills Discovery Center to see the new “Be the Dinosaur” exhibit.