Visitors take photos and pick sunflowers earlier this month at the Grinter Farms sunflower fields between Lawrence and Tonganoxie. Ted Grinter estimated that 25,000 people visited the farm this year. Social media has helped make the fields a growing attraction.
A sign near Beatty Field along U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie welcomes motorists to the National Day of the Cowboy celebration, which will be Saturday in Tonganoxie. A church service also is planned for Sunday at The Jewel on Main in downtown Tonganoxie.
The Ferris wheel towers over the rest of the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds skyline during last year's fair in Tonganoxie. The local fair dates back to the 1920s.
Fairgoers ride the tea cups during last year's Leavenworth County Fair in Tonganoxie. The carnival is a popular spot at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. This year's fair will be July 28-Aug. 1.
Boys look out onto the livestock auction floor during the 2014 Leavenworth County Fair 4-H Livestock Auction.
A boy warms up to a young horse at last year's Leavenworth County Fair. The annual Tonganoxie event features a draft horse pull and a horse show.
Fairgoers hang upside down on a ride at the 2014 Leavenworth County Fair. The carnival rides return with this year's fair, which is July 28-Aug. 1.
Dr. Philip Stevens, aka Tonganoxie Phil, poses with a stuffed groundhog in February 2014, when he predicted an early spring. Stevens, 87, died last Thursday.
Steve Campbell, owner of Fro's Hideout in Linwood, is competing Saturday at the Big Buck HD World Championship in Chicago. He's ranked No. 27 in the nation heading into the tourney.
In 2010, Tonganoxie High students discovered a species of worm of the family Moniligastridae, which is native to Asia, near the school. Researchers have called the find a rarity.
Firefighters tend to a fire Tuesday morning in Tonganoxie. The fire started in the area of the back deck at 505 Laughlin. Owners Dorothy and Walt Deckard were in the home at the time of the fire, but they and Molly, their Yorkie, escaped and were not injured. Firefighters were still trying to determine the cause of the fire Tuesday.
Milton Ulreich, who will be a Tonganoxie High School sophomore in the fall, throws a whipped cream-soaked sponge at THS cheerleader Jessa Thorne, who will be a junior in the fall, Saturday during Tonganoxie Days.
Leavenworth County Commissioner Clyde Graeber and Leavenworth County Sheriff Dave Zoellner pay their respects after participating in the laying of wreaths during Sunday’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Leavenworth. Seated at left is U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.
Tonganoxie High School students Sarah Wetta and Rebekah Adcox place a cross on Saturday morning near the crash site of a Thursday rollover accident in which THS student Kylee Wilson, 16, was killed.
Kyle Hayden, USD 464 assistant superintendent.
Team members of Crimson & Blue BBQ Crew, from left, Bill Walker, Tim Flory and Jeremy Douglass, prepare meat for judges at Saturday's McLouth BBQ Blowout.
Participants march in the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010.
The Lansing High School band marches in the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade on Thursday in downtown Leavenworth.
Jim and Dorothy Smith share a laugh in downtown Tonganoxie. The couple celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary today and they share a birthday.
Rachel Imdieke, Tonganoxie, stands alongside her son, Gabriel, 18 months, on the merry-go-round Friday at the Leavenworth County Fair. Shortly after they rode the carnival ride, rain started to drench Tonganoxie, causing fairgoers to head for livestock barns, the show arena and anywhere else there was shelter. The mud run was canceled because so many people left. The fair concludes tonight.