Spring Hill, an understated gem located near the South of Kansas, is a charming community just minutes away from the metro. It’s the perfect destination for anyone who wants to escape from the busy hubbub of the city but doesn’t want to travel a great distance. The key in touring Spring Hill is to avoid tourist traps and see the genuine beauty of the area.
Start with the following spots:
The first order of business is the farmer’s market. The Spring Hill Farmers Market has been around since 1999. The Sunflower Ruritan Club established the market to provide a space where Spring Hill residents can sell their produce and other products at an affordable rate. Apart from boosting the local industry, the farmers market also fosters neighborly relationships.
The Spring Hill Farmers Market is located in the Spring Hill Elementary School parking lot every Saturday morning until noon. Here, you can shop for a diverse range of locally produced items, interact with the locals, and get your first glimpse of Spring Hill’s charming character.
A Hearty Kansas Lunch
After perusing the market, head over to any local restaurant in Spring Hill in keeping with your non-touristy tour. Barbecue, farmhouse meals, steak, and hot wings typically comprise Kansas cuisine. Pair your hearty meal with a few bottles of beer in true Kansas fashion. The state is home to Free State Brewing Company, a hundred-year-old microbrewery that sells four varieties: Ad Astra Ale, Copperhead Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, and Wheat State Golden. Try any of their unique blends to get a taste of Kansas’ homegrown brew.
Spring Hill Fall Festival
Of course, there’s more to Spring Hill than just quiet, rustic charm; it knows how to party, too. If you’re visiting the area during fall, don’t miss the annual Spring Hill Fall Festival. This festival dates back to 1954, boasting of horse pulls, rock concerts, street dancing, parades, fishing derbies, and carnival booths. Today, this tradition persists to ensure a strong community relationship in Spring Hill.
The Spring Hill Fall Festival packs a lot in just two days, with craft fairs, live entertainment, and plenty more fun activities. It’s the perfect event to go to for everyone who loves small-town festivities.
Spring Hill Music & BBQ Fest
If you’re booking your trip a few weeks before fall starts, you can still experience one of Spring Hill’s famed festivals: the annual Spring Hill Music & BBQ Fest. Unlike the longstanding Fall Festival, this has only been around for two years prior. But the selling point of this festival is that it combines two of the best things in the world: music and barbecue.
There’s a barbecue competition where you can become a contestant and enter your own recipe, become a judge and eat all the barbecue you want, or just sit and watch the show. There will also be a battle of the bands, so you can rock out to the songs while basking in the spirit of festivity.
Spring Hill isn’t a destination as popular as Wichita, Kansas City, or Topeka. Its appeal lies in its small-town yet welcoming and quiet yet comfortable character that will make you feel at home.