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Covered wagons cross the Four States en route to a cowboy festival

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Imagine traveling across the country in a car for two days.  Now, remove the gasoline, the electronic toys and all of the new technology, and hitch a ride on a covered wagon.

A group of Four State residents are doing just that.  They've saddled up their steeds and hit the old dirt roads to head to a cowboy festival this weekend.

We met up with them when they stopped at the Shiloh Cemetery near Arcadia, Kansas.

"You just see the world at four miles an hour," says George Parsons, of Nashville, Missouri.  "It's wonderful.  I can drive by and identify wild flowers.  You see more at four miles an hour, that's about the average speed of a horse while we're walking."

Parsons and others are traveling in covered wagons from Liberal, Missouri to Fort Scott, Kansas for the 17th annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering Festival.

"I like history - I've been a Civil War reenactor, I've been to Civil War reenactments, all of these guys like old antique equipment, farm equipment," says Parsons.  "We try to farm with horses, a little bit, just for the experience, just for the ability and to keep those old traditions alive too."

The group will do about 34 miles in the next several days all on the authentic wagons.

"First off, your butt hurts after a while, and the only spring you have is this but it's nice," says Ken Brous.  "It's a slow pace, you can take in all the scenery and, you know, we see all kinds of things around the road and if you just look up and see the clouds and the sun once in a while it kind of makes you feel good."

"It's a beautiful site to see about six covered wagons down the road," says Parsons.  "Most of these are grain wagons, farm wagons.  This one happens to be a market wagon what we call a dray or a market wagon, it's what they would have taken to deliver groceries around town."

Taking a step back to enjoy the scenery is why these cowboys opt for the more scenic route.

The group will end in Cato, Kansas Thursday night and will continue on to Fort Scott.

They hope their ride help promote the 17th Annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering Festival in Fort Scott, Kansas, which is held for old western fanatics, reenactors and entertainers.

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