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Symphony In The Flint Hills Will Return To Butler County On Saturday

The 13th annual Symphony in the Flint Hills event will take place Saturday in Butler County.

The one-day event is organized to educate people about the importance of appreciating and protecting the tallgrass prairie landscape. About 7,000 guests attend each year to enjoy barbecue, art and educational sessions throughout the afternoon before the concert. The Kansas City Symphony performs at sunset.

This year’s event will be held at Rosalia Ranch, about 15 miles east of El Dorado. It also was the site of the 2014 symphony.

Christy Davis is the executive director of the Symphony in the Flint Hills. She said the event is about bringing people together.

“Sometimes arm-in-arm singing ‘Home On The Range’ together, and that's what it's all about,’’ she said. “It's an emotional experience related to this landscape, and how much we love this place, and what it takes to protect it.”

The symphony is planned and operated by six full-time employees and 18 board members with the help of hundreds of volunteers. It is held at different locations in the Flint Hills each year.

General admission tickets remain for Saturday's event. For more information, go to www.symphonyintheflinthills.org.