While live concerts and major events are still somewhat in the balance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kansas Free For Arts is optimistic that things will return to a sense of normality in the coming months.

During the sequel to KVOE’s Talk of Emporia on Wednesday, KFFA Executive Director Hank Osterhout spoke to KVOE and said he had been in “full-on planning mode” for the past year. He says planning has focused specifically on the second Halfway to Everywhere music and arts festival, which is slated to take place in September.

Last year’s event had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Osterhout says while canceling the event was never something the organizers wanted, it left plenty of extra time to plan the 2021 event.

He says his thoughts have gone wild in the past few months.


He continued, while ample time is beneficial, it can become a double-edged sword.


At this point, Halfway to Everywhere will return to the community on Saturday, September 4th.

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