Lucas is a great town for your next vacation. Plan a day trip, reunions, weekend away, or a longer getaway. Lodging and delicious eateries are available in town and nearby. While in town, tour the Garden of Eden, Bowl Plaza, Grassroots Art Center, Lucas, Post Rock Scenic Byway, and the area.
Grassroots Art is created by self-taught individuals, usually during their retirement years. They work for many years, often driven by a vision, creating an enviroment meant to be viewed. Many times, the artist is inspired by seemingly useless recycled items. These environments are challenging to preserve and often deteriorate or are dismantled when the artist dies.
Kansas is ranked third in the United States for Grassroots and Outsider Art. Officially declared the “Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas” by the governor of Kansas, Lucas also ranks 2nd on the best small town art scene in the United States of America.
One of the oldest meat markets in the country, handcrafting bologna and sausages since 1922. Named one of the "8 Wonders of Kansas Commerce,” Brant's Market also offers fresh meats, cheese, and a variety of local products.
125 S. Main Street
Switchgrass currently has 21 artist members and over 1,200 pieces of original art available to purchase. Switchgrass also sells art supplies, thrift items, and offers classes.
208 South Main Street
Two new ways to bring World's Largest to your town! You can Build World's Largest for your community or schedule a workshop or brainstorming session with Erika Nelson through the Kansas Arts Commission Arts on Tour program or Schedule a Lecture all about World’s Largest Things through the Kansas Humanities Council
214 South Main Street
Movies Sat. 7 pm, Sun. 5 pm
Movie theater with first-run movies on Saturday and Sunday.
Best popcorn in the area!
Back Community Room for rent when not showing movies.
116 S. Main Street
Roy & Clara’s Rock Sculpture Garden
Next to to the Garden of Eden
East Second Street
Postcard Sculpture Garden by Florence Deeble
Interior environment by Pilar
South Fairview Street
Historic Lucas City Jail
West Second Street
Take the road less traveled and see the sights.
Fishing & Hunting
Boating & Marina
Camping & Trails
Bowl Plaza was a joint idea from the community, art center and local artists that fulfilled a public need and artistic vision. It was a four year project led by the Grassroots Art Center and architect. This mosaic embedded restroom is now an international and national award winner for the quirkiest restroom.
It is a must see!
121 South Main
See our collection of fork art, great for pictures.
Right next to Bowl Plaza
119 South Main
Our very own World’s Largest Travel Plate, created by artist Erika Nelson.
across from K-18 Café
Jump into the world of artist, Alan Vopat.
110 South Main Street
Matt Farley’s art studio.
112 South Main Street
LeAnne Doljac uses a variety of mediums and materials with salvaged and recycled items. While she often starts with a plan, she favors the intuitive process over holding to the original plan. Her use of strong colors and exploration of conflicting themes often results in edgy, whimsical pieces.
Based in Stilwell & Lucas, Kansas.
112 South Main Street
Each pole features a different artist.
Downtown South Main Street
See M.T. Liggett’s outdoor display across the street from Great Plains.
East South Harvest Street
Features shady seating and an incredible mural by artist, Erika Nelson depicting the Czech migration.
managed by Lucas PRIDE.
Between the Lucas Community Center and Brants Market
South Main Street
View the roadside creations of Jim Dickerman and his son Trent Dickerman.
Along Highway 18 between Lucas & Tescott
Celebrate Lucas Artists every April 1st.
Meet artists, tour studios and museums, and shop art.
Final Schedule to be released. It will be a full day of art and events on Lucas’s Main Street area.
Participating Businesses, museums, and studios:
Grassroots Art Center
Switchgrass Art Co-op Grand Opening
Garden of Eden
Roadside Sideshow Expo
Barbara McCreery’s Dioramas
Old Blue Studio
Standing Dog Gallery
Art Sale Show
On the last day of the 2023 Big Kansas Road Trip in Jewell, Republic and Smith counties, Marci Penner of the Kansas Sampler Foundation announced that the 2024 Big Kansas Road Trip (BKRT) will take place in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties plus the community of Lucas on May 2-5, 2024. The BKRT is a multi-day event that feels like a tri-county open house of communities and their attractions and locally-owned shops and restaurants, and it’s a time to travel back roads and take in short activities that help locals tell their story. Penner said, “All we ask is that communities be good at being themselves. The public seeks first-hand experiences in our rural communities to get to know them as they are and this event delivers exactly that.” "We decided to pare down to two counties after hearing from BKRT participants that there were just too many miles to navigate with three counties," Penner explained. "Adding Lucas (Russell County) made sense because it's the end point of the Post Rock Scenic Byway that goes through the other two counties, starting in Wilson." A few highlights on next year's BKRT are Mushroom Rock State Park, Fort Harker Guardhouse Museum (Kanopolis) and the World's Largest Czech Egg in Ellsworth County; Crispin Drug Store Museum (Lincoln), Historic Denmark Church, and Flyboy Brewery & Eats (Sylvan Grove) in Lincoln County, the Postrock Capital of Kansas; and the Garden of Eden, the Grassroots Art Center, and Brant's Meat Market in Lucas, the grassroots art capital of Kansas. Penner said, "It's hard to describe the explorer-y attributes of our 2024 locations by listing a few places. The thrill is in the Smoky Hill region scenery, hiking at Kanopolis state park and backroad touring that takes you over historic bridges, by limestone structures, cemeteries and into small towns. It's the fun of the unexpected things you'll find in the museums and noticing the attributes of architectural structures. It's where you'll learn about cowtown, early military and pioneer history. The many locally-owned eateries and stores will introduce you to local culture. First-hand rural experiences abound." The mission of the Kansas Sampler Foundation is to preserve and sustain rural culture. For more information on the BKRT, go to bigkansasroadtrip.com.
We know our business members are an integral part of our community. We are dedicated to maintaining a support network for businesses and promoting them through our many public events.
We meet every 3rd Thursday of the month, with the exception of December in the Lucas Community Room at 6PM, snacks provided. 135 South Main, use south entrance
Come to our next meeting!
Every 3rd Thursday of the month
135 South Main
use South Entrance