This was a prepaid dinner and show during our bus tour to SD. When you pull in there are some exhibits Blacksmith shop, etc that you would find in an old western town; they seemed to be just "displays". Perhaps someone was there earlier in the day to talk about what they did.
The building where you eat dinner and have musical entertainment has an area where the bathrooms are - this area has a nice level cement type floor and another area where you eat. You eat dinner seated at picnic tables -- cramped, and with the tables end to end someone is sitting on the "cracks between the tables" which are not all level. The flooring is a gravel surface and the floor slopes toward the stage. The slope to the floor, the gravel and the cramped seating made it very difficult to get up, get on line to get your food and get seated back down to eat. Yes, you had to get up and get on line to get your food and then were expected to return your dishes after eating. The gentlemen who I approached was very nice to get me a tray as I was getting dinner for myself and my husband. Having bad knees it was better that one of us got up from the picnic table to get on line. There was baked potato, apple sauce (both of which were good), BBQ beef (which was tough), baked beans (were only ok), rolls, spice cake and chicken (which was cold). Lemonade and coffee was available for beverages. Silverware and napkins were in buckets on the tables and there seemed to be a shortage of utensils at our table. I guess someone did not count the correct number of seats at the table.
For folks with bad knees or walking with canes, walkers, etc -- this is not a good place for you! We had several people on our bus tour with bad knees, canes and one with a walker. This was a bad choice made by the bus tour operator.
We ate and then got up from the picnic table and went to sit in the other area and listened to the music, which wasn't half bad.
This could have been an enjoyable place if it weren't for the sloping gravel floor, and the picnic tables. Ft. Hays could and SHOULD do better! Especially where seniors are concerned. I can understand wanting you to have that chow wagon feeling -- then do it -- put a wagon outside where you can get your grub then take it inside to eat in a nice level environment -- or have it all outside in tents.
Unless you are young and nimble -- don't waste your time at Ft. Hays!
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