“The photos of you in front of the Sunflower field is gorgeous.”
In the spring, thousands of people flock to Lawrence, Kansas to get a photo of them frolicking through a field of sunflowers on Grinter’s Farm. For weeks, you will see literally every other profile picture on Facebook of someone artistically posing in front of hundreds of sunflowers towering over them.
“I love your [insert favorite sports team] shirt.”
Kansans LOVE their sports apparel. Everywhere you look, someone is representing one team from Kansas they’re passionate about, whether it’s University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita, Royals, or Chiefs. If you complement a Kansan’s sports attire, you will have earned a friend for life.
“This Jerky is delicious. Did you make it?”
During hunting season, if you have family or friends who love to hunt, you will have a chance to get your hands on some great tasting dishes. Hunters are proud of the game they bring home and maybe, if you’re lucky, you might get a recipe to take with you.
“You’re so nice.”
Kansans have it ingrained in them since the time they can walk to be polite as possible, even when they absolutely do not want to be. When we hear people mention our good manners, we perk up with pride on how well our parents raised us.
“Kansas is actually a pretty state.”
That statement is not said very often, especially from out of towners, but we firmly believe that Kansas has a lot to offer and has the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. We will gladly show you around to our favorite spots and maybe share a beer or two with you.
“The crops are coming in nicely this year.”
Most of Kansas is farmland and farmers rely on having their crops being healthy and abundant. Having a great crop makes the year for everyone, so be sure to thank a farmer for all their hard work to put food on your plate.
“Your taste in brews is spot on!”
Kansans are branching out and enjoying the finest craft brews usually created locally, for example, Boulevard. While we occasionally go back and forth on the same cheap light beers we’ve been drinking since college (or, ahem, high school), we like to think that our taste buds have matured.
“Your hair looks amazing in this humidity!”
Summers in Kansas are hot and humid, and Kansans try hard to keep their hair at bay. So it’s nice when just once our hair does exactly what we want it to do in the miserable months of summer.
“That’s quite a gun collection you have there.”
There is no hiding the fact that Kansans love guns. Not all Kansans, but a lot. And the ones that do will gladly show off their prized possessions and maybe they’ll invite you to go hunting with them. Don’t worry, gun safety is priority.
“There are a lot of awesome people from Kansas.”
While not a lot of people think about Kansas, besides when watching the film “Wizard of Oz”, there are some great people from this great rectangular state of whom Kansans are proud to call natives. From pilot Amelia Earhart, to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, to Actor Ed Asner. Even the five Kansans, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, David Koechner, and Eric Stonestreet along with other celebrities, who come back each year to partake in the Big Slick charity event to raise money for Children’s Mercy Hospital.
“This zucchini bread is to die for!”
Kansans love homemade food and making homemade food, be it bread, pie, casserole, or puppy chow. Homemade food is great for a Kansan’s soul and so is a compliment to the chef.
“There’s no place like home.”
Ok, don’t say this. Wizard of Oz quotes are not the most appreciated in Kansas since we’ve heard just about every single joke, quote, and theory. But do complement us on our homes and hospitality. Kansans like their homes to be a welcoming environment for all who come to their door.