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February 22, 2018
Harvey County IndependentFebruary 22, 2018 Harvey County Independent

The Barn Hits Milestone Of 50,000 Chicken Fried Steaks

Posted 2/22/2018

By Pilar MartinMONTE Smith, left, is the customer who ordered the 50,000th chicken fried steak at The Barn in Burrton on Monday evening. Smith is shown with server Tiffany Spoon, middle, and owner, Leslie Matlack.MONTE Smith, left, is the customer who ordered the 50,000th chicken fried steak at The Barn in Burrton on Monday evening. Smith is shown with server Tiffany Spoon, middle, and owner, Leslie Matlack.

BURRTON—The Barn in Burrton celebrated a milestone on Monday, serving up their 50,000th chicken fried streak. It was just after 5 p.m. when Monte Smith of Burrton placed the order with wait staff.

 “It was really close. We had two waitresses both turning in chicken fried steak orders,” owner Leslie Matlack said. “Monte’s just happened to be the 50,000th.”

Matlack said The Barn had its second busiest Saturday in the restaurant’s history last weekend. Staff at the restaurant really thought the 50,000 mark would hit over the weekend. They were not off by much.

“It took us 11 months to hit 10,000, and just 27 months to hit 50,000,” Matlack added.

Matlack said she is very surprised by all of the business.

“We have a lot of regulars, local folks, from the area. But we have been seeing a whole lot of people coming from Wichita,” she said.

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Building A Grain Elevator Is Massive Undertaking

Posted 2/22/2018

By Pilar MartinTHE cement is poured into a bucket and hauled up to the top of the forms.THE cement is poured into a bucket and hauled up to the top of the forms.

SEDGWICK—Living in a highly agricultural area, grain storage facilities or elevators can be seen in almost every community. Those tall, white, towering structures, loom over towns, but getting to see one built up close doesn’t happen that often.

In Sedgwick, the Kanza Cooperative is in the process of adding three of those storage towers, and residents get to witness firsthand how those massive structures are built. Watching the construction process is something of a marvel.

The first step is clearing and leveling the area where the storage towers will be built. Rebar, or rods of steel, are put in the ground in a circular pattern to reinforce the concrete structure. Once, the basic structure is installed, a concrete base is poured.

Then comes the fun part. A series of steel forms are hoisted above the base.

These forms are two-sided, hollow in the middle. Wet concrete is poured into a really big bucket and hauled up to the top of the forms. Workers grab the bucket of concrete as it gets to the top of the form, pouring the concrete into another device.

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World-Renowned Chili Cook Wins Bentley Competition

Posted 2/22/2018

SIX chili recipes were entered in the competition. First-place was claimed by Larry Bulla, whose chili is on the far left end of the table.SIX chili recipes were entered in the competition. First-place was claimed by Larry Bulla, whose chili is on the far left end of the table.By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY—Residents of Bentley know good chili when they taste it.

Last Saturday at the Bentley Eagle Senior Center’s annual chili cook-off, one of the entrants was Larry Bulla, who has won numerous awards across the country for his chili. He’s made it to the finals of national and world chili competitions, been featured on the Food Network and belongs to the International Chili Society. Bulla’s chili has also won awards in Wichita competitions and at the Kansas State Fair.

He added another award to his resume when his chili was voted the best among those entered in the senior center’s cook-off.

Bulla, who lives in Colwich, was not present at the competition, but his stepson, Jared Hill of Bentley, had brought a crock-pot full of the prize-winning recipe on his behalf.

“He’s been making chili since before I can remember,” Hill said. At least 25 years, he added.

Bulla has a number of chili recipes, both red and green, according to Hill, whose favorite is a green chili recipe that uses a full pork loin.

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