- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

ELMDALE, Kan. (AP) - Well-heeled patrons can sign up for a luxury, weekend-long encampment when the Kansas City Symphony makes its annual journey to the Flint Hills.

The “Out of Africa” experience will run $5,000 per couple, The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/21G6O4J ) reported. Up to 20 15-foot, air-conditioned tents will be erected in a remote prairie a few miles from the concert site near the Chase County town of Clements. The all-inclusive camping experience will begin on Friday, June 10 and wrap up that Sunday.

Lodging is an ongoing challenge for the event, which each year draws 7,000 people to an area where accommodations are few.

Symphony in the Flint Hills’ website says $1,500 of the price will be a tax-deductible donation to “heighten appreciation for the tallgrass prairie.”

Randy Wolf and John O’Brien of Kansas City, Missouri, will outfit the tents with queen-size beds. There also will be wood-and-leather camp chairs handmade by Wolf, and rustic furniture and ethnic rugs from O’Brien’s business in Independence, Missouri. The pair also are bringing in a covered chuck wagon for preparing meals on site.

Landowners Warren and Susie Harshman, who own rock quarry and cattle operations and a bed-and-breakfast at the historic Clover Cliff Ranch in Elmdale, welcomed the luxury camping project when approached by Symphony in the Flint Hills’ executive director Christy Davis.

“We love the idea because it is so unique,” Susie Harshman said. “We love stirring up the old hospitality. We love entertaining and giving people a chance to experience what we are lucky enough to experience every day.”

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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