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Wheelchair Accessible Craft Fairs in Kansas

wheelchair fall festival

Crisp mornings, hot apple cider, homemade cinnamon rolls, and rows of crafts, art, and vintage finds is pure Kansas Fall. For those in need of a wheelchair, scooter, or walker, we’ve put together a list of local fairs and festivals with accessible walking paths, parking lots, and other accommodations.

Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson – September 7-16, 2018

What started as an agricultural fair in the late 1800s has grown to be one of the largest attractions in Kansas. In addition to live entertainment, animal displays, midway rides, and festival food, the state fair includes daily access to multiple air conditioned buildings featuring arts, crafts, and locally-sourced goods. Get in FREE on Monday, September 10th by showing your Dillons card.

ACCESSIBILITY: Visitors with disabilities have three parking areas available each day of the fair. Two are located on the east side of the Fairgrounds in Public Parking Lot C. The other is on the north side of the Fairgrounds off State Fair Road. Parking Lot C has a shuttle service with wheelchair accommodation available each day. Wheelchair and scooter rental also available at the fair. You can find more information on the State Fair Accessibility Guide page.

Haskell Indian Art Market in Lawrence – September 8-9, 2018

Celebrating its 30th year, artists will showcase and sell original handmade artwork including jewelry, pottery, paintings, drawings/prints, basket weaving, rug weaving, sculptures and more.

ACCESSIBILITY: A representative of the Indian Art Market noted that the event is outdoors in the grass, so powering a manual wheelchair in these conditions could prove tough. FREE admission and parking.

Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair in Hillsboro – September 15, 2018

Located in downtown Hillsboro on Main street, over 300 juried vendors will have items on display. This fair is one day only and runs 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. “This is our 49th year,” said director Brenda Walls, “we jury hard to select the best vendors in a wide variety of mediums.” Vendors will come from Iowa, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. Booths will line six to seven blocks on Main Street.

ACCESSIBILITY: Three designated handicapped parking areas within close proximity to the fair.

Belles Bazaar in Wichita – September 22, 2018

Hosted by the Belles of St. Mary at St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
This is the 11th year for this FREE tasty event. Enjoy fresh homemade cinnamon rolls, lentil soup, and meat pies – plus unique craft vendors.

ACCESSIBILITY: Wheelchair access on north side of church. Wide aisles for browsing.

Kansas Barn Sale in McPherson – October 6, 2018

One of Kansas’ most popular craft/vintage fairs will be located at Lakeside Park in McPherson, Kansas. Over 130 juried vendors will be on hand from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. One day only.
From the Kansas Barn Sale Facebook Page – “Art, primitives, rustic, shiny, edible, handmade, blingy, barnwood, upcycled, junky, pretty!”

ACCESSIBILITY: Designated wheelchair parking. Handicap accessible porta-potty units. Lakeside Park is suitable for wheelchair, scooter, or walker.

Neewollah Arts and Crafts Fair in Independence – October 27, 2018

Neewollah (Halloween backwards) is the largest event in southeast Kansas. Celebrating its 99th year, the event features parades, live entertainment, and an arts & crafts fair located in downtown Independence (8:00 am to 6:00 pm).

ACCESSIBILITY: Several handicapped parking spaces located in various locations downtown for easy access to the fair.

Take Us On the Journey

As you attend the many fall festivals Kansas has to offer, we’d love to see your adventures and treasures. Take a photo and post it on our Kansas Truck Mobility Facebook page.


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Benefits of Mobile Video Surveillance

rei mobile video surveillance

Safety and cost are a transportation director’s two most important responsibilities. So a solution like mobile video surveillance from REI on school buses offers long-term benefits that far surpass the short-term cost.

1: Provide a safe environment for Students, Drivers and Monitors

A safe environment in student transportation is one that combines responsibility with accountability, and mobile video surveillance can keep drivers and aides accountable to transportation directors and fleet managers. It can also keep students accountable to administrators and parents, allowing administration to address parental concerns in a timely manner.

Inside the bus, video surveillance offers footage over high back seats, something that can’t be done from a rear-view mirror. Students can benefit from the ability of video surveillance to record stop-arm violations and capture license plate information. Video surveillance footage can benefit your school district in many ways, protecting your transportation teams in the process.

2: Minimize Costs

It goes without saying that safety is the most important part of a transportation director or superintendent’s job. But they also must find ways to reduce costs, both in the short-term and the long-term.

Mobile video surveillance on your school bus fleet allows you to monitor the performance of your drivers and aides and spot opportunities for improvement in their performance. Real-time location information can be immensely helpful in improving the efficiency of your drivers, and improve your training, both of which can save on costs such as equipment downtime, fuel costs and overtime cost. Well-trained employees can reduce risks, which can have long-term insurance savings. Another benefit of mobile surveillance is that it can even save on maintenance costs by identifying issues with equipment before they become costly repairs.

3: Reduces Vandalism

We mentioned accountability earlier, and studies have shown that the presence of mobile video surveillance reduces vandalism. That can save further on unnecessary maintenance costs.

Mobile video surveillance on buses creates an environment where drivers and students can feel safer. Parents and administrators can rest easy knowing that drivers aren’t alone in keeping an eye on things.

For your custom quote, call Dave, Dan or Alicia at Kansas Truck Equipment Co., Inc.
(316) 491-2995 or (866) 948-3849

Wheelchair Vans

Wheelchair Vans

Kansas Truck Mobility has been a leader in the mobility industry for over 40 years, offering new and used mobility vans for sale and delivery at affordable prices.  Let us help you find the van that best fits your needs. From your first meeting with us to service beyond the sale – you’ll experience the ultimate in value, convenience, satisfaction and customer care.