Usually when you turn east on 20th Road just north of Rosalia there is green grass, rolling hills and graving cattle as far as the eye can see.

Usually when you turn east on 20th Road just north of Rosalia there is green grass, rolling hills and graving cattle as far as the eye can see.

This was not the case Saturday night during the Symphony in the Flint Hills.

Where once was nothing but grass, cattle and prairie now sat, stood and wandered herds of people gathering to hear melodic instrumentration set in the traniquility of the rural Flint Hills.

Providing the sounds on the rolling prairie was the Kansas City Symphony accomponied by the vocals of singer/songwriter Aoife O’Donovan.

This wwas the second time Rosalia has hosted the annual event. The last time the Symphony made a visit to Eastern Butler County was in 2014.

The event has run annually since 2006 after a coalition of Chase, Lyon, Morris and Wabaunsee County leaders founded the organization to raise awareness of the surviving Flint Hills prairies.

The first Symphony was in 1994 when Matfield Green rancher held a public Symphony on the Prairie to celebrate here birthday. Over 3,000 of her friends showed up to the first event.

The event attracts about 7,000 people annually. Past locations include: Chase County, Rosalia, Wabaunsee County, Lyon County, and Fort Riley, among others.

There were several tents set up to visit. In the Prairie Pavilion were tents with different themes, events and vendors.

TheSunflower tent had the theme of “Nature: A Land Shaped by Water.” The Blue Wild Indigo tent was “Structure: Water to People.” The Purple Coneflower tent featured “Culture: We Lived Along the River.” The Butterfly Milkweed tent was “Local Tales”. The Ivanpah Creek tent was themed “Flint Hills Water Ways.” The Stargazing tent featured “Prairie Skys.”

There was also a Flint Hills store, art exhibit and auction, guided prairie walks, instrument petting zoo, prairie pavillion talks, and a story circle.

Next year the Symphony in the Flint Hills will be in Chase County.