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Indiana couple travel 640 miles to witness symphony magic each year

Sue Herald and her husband, Steve, traveled from Indiana to attend the 2019 Symphony in the Flint Hills. They spent the weekend visiting Cottonwood Falls. (Photo by Eduardo Castillo)

By Eduardo Castillo

Since 2005, the Symphony in the Flint Hills has attracted thousands of people – near and far – to its signature event. Sue and Steve Herald traveled all the way from Highland, Indiana to witness the beauty of the Flint Hills and immerse themselves in visual art, dialogue and music. 

Sue said that she heard about the event in the Chicago Tribune. She first attended the   signature event in 2017, while her husband first attended in 2016. Sue was originally going to attend the event alongside her husband in 2016, but was diagnosed with cancer that year. 

“I stayed home with the doctors, and I sent him anyway because it is just too cool to miss,” she said. 

At a family reunion, she mentioned the event to a cousin. Unknown to Herald, her cousin had been volunteering at the event years prior 

After visiting the Vintage Bulldog antique store in Cottonwood Falls, Herald said she realized the popularity of the signature event. 

“The event is internationally known. I had no idea,” she said. 

Herald said she enjoys visiting the educational tents that offer guest speakers and activities. 

Sue and her husband stay in Emporia and Council Grove for the duration of their stay in Kansas. They meet with two of Sue’s cousins. They hope to attend the event next year. 

“The 12 hours spent driving are well worth it. I love the area and the small-town atmosphere of this place. It’s almost hard to believe that they hold an event of this magnitude here,” Herald said.