“There’s nothing to do around Fort Riley.” Have you ever heard someone say that? I know I have. But I am here to tell you, that is simply not true.
This weekend, visit the Great Escapes Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 at Riley’s Conference Center. The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, its Leisure Travel Center, and local and national exhibitors will participate in the annual expo that shows Soldiers, Families, civilians and retirees travel and leisure opportunities both near and far from the installation.
More than 60 vendors will be available at this year’s event, ranging from museum and hotel vendors to zoos and parks representatives.
These opportunities are great getaways for Families, couples or even singles.
They allow us time away from the busy and hectic lives many of us lead; they allow us time to unwind; and they allow us the opportunity to lead more resilient lifestyles as we reduce our stress with fun activities.
The expo will be fun for adults and children, too. It will feature several activities to entertain children, including a mini-rope course, a catch-and-release fishing tank and bike racing.
Entry into the expo is free of charge, and you may even leave with some giveaways and door prizes. More than $4,000 in giveaways and prizes will be distributed to those in attendance. Some of the prizes that will be given away include VIP Country Stampede tickets, a fully guided fishing trip and a day at Worlds of Fun.
By attending the expo, you can learn just what there is to do at Fort Riley, so you never have to utter that dreaded phrase, “There’s nothing to do around here.”
For more information on the Great Escapes Expo, call 785-239-8990 or visit www.rileymwr.com.
If you would like to comment on this article, or suggest a topic for a future Community Corner, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Col. William Clark