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25 years ago: Local crop art to be featured nationally

September 25, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 25, 1986:

  • Downtown Lawrence was preparing for a musical invasion as more than 6,100 band members from 89 Kansas and Missouri high schools were expected to arrive for Band Day. The 39th annual Band Day Parade was to begin at 9 a.m. at Seventh and Massachusetts and continue to South Park.
  • A front-page photo showed Stan Herd's 20-acre landscaped still life of a vase of sunflowers. The field, owned by Elizabeth and Sam Neis Jr., was planted with sunflowers, field grass, soybeans, clover and alfalfa. Crop artist Herd said that he hoped the field, which he had plowed and planted the previous fall, would be closest to his original vision in about three weeks. The film crew of CBS's "On the Road" crew, which had visited the field in June, had recently returned to film another segment for the CBS evening news, accompanied by about 25 people including members of the Kansas Arts Commission. The art work was also to be featured in a two-page spread in the upcoming book "A Day in the Life of America."

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