Several small earthquakes rattled parts of Saline, Dickinson, and Marion counties Sunday, according to the Kansas Geological Survey.
The first, a magnitude 2 quake shook part of southeast Saline County at 8:26 a.m. Sunday. The quake was centered southeast of the intersection of East Farrelly Road and South Niles Road.
At 12:34 p.m., a 2.1 magnitude quake shook part of Marion County. The earthquake was centered just north of 270th Street and west of Pawnee Road, northeast of Marion Reservoir.
The third, a 3.3 magnitude quake, rattled part of Dickinson County near Hope at 12:50 p.m. Sunday. That quake was centered north of 800 Avenue and between Rain Road on the west and Sage Road on the east.
At 1:34 p.m., a 2.5 magnitude quake also shook part of Dickinson County a little bit south and east of the first. The quake was centered north of Kansas Highway 4 and just a bit west of Sage Road.
UPDATE: SM Hanson Music has canceled this year's Heartland Bluegrass festival because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music.
SM Hanson Music is bringing back bluegrass! A bluegrass festival, that is.
The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 is scheduled for April 26. The event is scheduled at The Temple, 336 South Santa Fe Avenue, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. This venue is handicap accessible.
"The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 will include several bluegrass bands from around the state, some general playing and picking sessions, an Instrument Petting Zoo (for kids and adults), open mic stage time, a few instrument vendors, and local food trucks," said Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music, Inc. "Attendees are encouraged to bring their instrument to join in the music community during the day."
Admission to the event will be by a suggested cash donation or canned food donation for the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank, Hanson said.
"This will be our first bluegrass festival since the mid 1970s. We held several events in the '70s at Memorial Hall with bluegrass bands coming from Oklahoma and Arkansas," Hanson explained.
This year, however, the festival will be at The Temple.
"We will use the Grand Entrance on Santa Fe (big bronze doors)," Hanson noted. "The steps can be a place to begin picking if the weather is nice. The foyer and second floor space will provide adequate room for performances, picking areas, petting zoo and vendors."
The schedule of performers will be released closer to the date of the event, Hanson said.
The Kansas Bluegrass Association also plans to participate in the festival, he said.
Additionally, The Temple will have volunteers on hand to discuss the beautiful and historic facility that is being used for so many events.
"This will be a great opportunity for the public to see The Temple and listen/participate in the bluegrass music event," Hanson said.
According to Hanson, the festival is sponsored in part by Salina Arts & Humanities.