Opportunities for summer fun are many in Pratt, but sometimes finding a hammock might be a great option.

By Jeanette Siemens

Tribune columnist

Wikipedia definition: A hammock is a sling made of fabric, rope, or netting, suspended be- tween two points, used for swinging, sleeping, or resting. It normally consists of one or more cloth panels, or a woven network of twine or thin rope stretched with ropes between two firm anchor points such as trees or posts. Hammocks were developed by native inhabitants of Central and South America for sleeping. Later, they were used aboard ships by sailors to enable comfort and maximize available space, and by explorers or soldiers traveling in wooded regions and eventually by parents in the 1920s for containing babies just learning to crawl. Today they are popular around the world for relaxation; they are also used as a lightweight bed on camping trips. The hammock is often seen as a symbol of summer, leisure, and relaxation.

I hadn’t even thought about a hammock until my granddaughter came home from college singing its praises and looking for the proper “hammock” trees to locate. Lying in a hammock is one way of relaxing this summer and you may need it if you take in all the things there are to do in Pratt and the surrounding area.

1. Starting this weekends, and continuing every Saturday through summer, the Farmer’s Market at Merchant Park is a venue for locally grown and home- made products, activity and fun. The second weekend each month will include some “extracurricular” entertainment, etc.

2. The Barron Theater is showing movies every Fri- day and Sat. at 7:00 and on Sunday afternoon at 2:00. The Hangout for kids is open Mon, Wed and Fri from 10-1 with snacks available.

3. Miss Kansas Week begins June 7 with competitions of Miss Kansas along with Miss Teen and the introductions of Sunflower Princess. The final evening, June 10, will celebrate crowning a new Miss Kansas. On June 9 the Miss Kansas Parade flows down Pratt's Main Streete, along with an Art Walk sponsored by the Pratt Arts Coalition from 3-6 prior to the parade. Artists will be featured in downtown businesses with art work as well as artistic entertainment. The Filley will be featuring David Vollbracht demonstrating a live oil demonstration.

4. June 24: May Dennis Park is hosting a disc golf tournament bringing people into town.

5. Squeeze in 4th of July festivities and begin getting ready for the Pratt County Fair, July 19-20. Celebrating 70 years, the theme for this year’s fair is “Moovin and Groovin”. 4- H members will begin selling fair memberships soon with proceeds funding 4-H activities. You can’t say County Fair and Extension and not think Mark Ploger. As noted in a recent article Mark received the Leadership 2000 PLUS award, a much deserved recognition.

6. Maybe a day trip? Greensburg and the Big Well is worth the time and can be followed with a trip to the soda fountain and maybe later a movie.

7. The spectacular Gyp Hills are so close we sometimes forget them. There is a scenic byway which runs along Highway 160 from Medicine Lodge to Coldwater with sights to see and food to eat along the way.

8. The Rolla Rena will be open with summer hours and Pratt Recreation provides much to do....then there are walking and bike trails.

There is so much to do, I may have to lay in the hammock for awhile to make up my mind where I want to start.