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Posted on August 4, 2012
Here at the ranch we always have a lot of projects going on.
Here’s Richard to give you a behind-the-scenes sneak peek on one of our latest (and super fun) projects.
Word From the Herd: Mechanical Horse Restoration
by Richard
This project involved the mechanical and cosmetic restoration of a coin operated horse.

Bob bought the horse at a local auction, and while it was operable, it was in pretty sad shape

Here we see some of the damage, and the hole for the original coin mechanism which will have to be filled.
The manufacturers plate.  This machine was built by The Exhibit Supply Co. of Chicago.
I believe it was likely built in the early 1950’s.
This photo shows part of what would be the long and arduous process of removing the old paint.
I estimate that the horse had been repainted at least three times, and each time it would receive both base color, and the detail color in places such as the mane, tail, hooves, etc…
This resulted in eight or more layers of paint in places.
I was able to strip the paint mechanically in some areas, but the fine detail of the head and the tail required a chemical stripper.  The stripper had to be mild enough not to damage the sixty year old fiberglass, but mean enough to remove the paint.  The very cold weather, and the need to wash the stripper off after each application also added to the difficulty.
Cracks, chips, and other damage had to be cleaned, and in some cases, enlarged, to allow the new resin to bond to the old fiberglass.
The first layers of resin were applied, then sanded.
Once they were relatively smooth, a coat of primer was applied to act as a ‘guide coat’, allowing me to better see areas which required further attention.  There are perhaps a total of five or six guide coats, much of which is sanded off to achieve a smooth finish.
Once an acceptable surface was obtained, the final coat of primer was applied.
The first coat of color.
Painting the detail colors with a brush.
The new coin box installed and wired.
Complete and ready to go.  This shaky photo was courtesy of my Mom.
This has been a really fun project, with a few challenging twists and turns.
I’m glad to know that this old guy (the horse) will be around for another fifty or sixty years, bringing joy to children of all ages.
-Richard
Thanks Richard!  I think we all can agree that it looks awesome! Just check out this before and after folks…
Be sure to stop on by the ranch this Pumpkin Season to take a ride on our shiny “new” mechanical pony!
Have a great day ya’ll!
Posted on August 1, 2012

Saturday July 21st was a very special day here at Faulkner’s Ranch.
Over 200 guests showed up for our exclusive event, Ponies and Pancakes, to help benefit SIDS Resources.
Here are some fun facts about the day:
We served 520 pancakes….

The kids LOVED the whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and sprinkles.

Surprise, Surprise!
We also served 400 of the most delicious sausage links….

We had 100 pony rides
and raised $2,300 for SIDS Resources!!!
This year we also added some fun new activities.
Rex Purefoy and his trick horse Radar entertained the crowds…
In case you missed out on the show, Rex and Radar will be back this fall for Pumpkin Season 2012.  Check our website in the future for dates and times!
Kids were also flying through the sky on Zippity Zack’s Zip Line…

Check out this 22 month old daredevil…

Go Sam!
We also want to give a big thanks to Greg Kartsonis with GameKart Mobile Gaming.
Everyone had a blast hanging out in the awesome air-conditioned trailer.
We can’t forget to mention our big giveaway where one lucky winner went home with a Faulkner’s Ranch Pony Party!!!
(Psssst – There is going to be another chance to win a Pony Party this fall!  Sign up for our newsletter to be one of the first to receive all the details!)
Overall the day was an absolute blast!
There is nothing as fun as having a great time on the ranch AND helping out a wonderful organization.

Don’t miss out on the next Ponies and Pancakes scheduled for Saturday, July 20th, 2013 from 8am to 11am.
A steering committee for that event will be assembled soon.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jessica Lillis (jessica@faulknersranch.com) or get in touch with SIDS Resources.
Once again, a big huge Faulkner’s thank you to everyone who came out and made this day so special!
Have a great day ya’ll!
Posted on July 20, 2012
With the Ponies and Pancakes this Saturday, we couldn’t think of a better time to introduce and put the spotlight on one of the coolest people at Faulkner’s Ranch
Jessica Lillis, the Director of Youth Programs.  
Jessica has been working at Faulkner’s since February and has booked hundreds of pony parties, camps, field trips, and weddings.
Read below to find out more about Jessica, her experiences at Faulkner’s Ranch, and the deep connection that she has to Ponies and Pancakes
Q&A with Jessica Lillis, Director of Youth Programs
Hi Jessica, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am originally from New Jersey, met my hubby in Florida and we relocated with both our sons to the Midwest in June of 2010.  I enjoy being a mommy of 3 very special boys.  Reading, cooking/baking, lounging on the lake are some of my most favorite things to do. I love spending time with family and friends.
Jessica’s Beautiful Family
(From left to right: Emmanuel, Jessica, Corey, and Blaire)

What is your favorite/most rewarding part of working at Faulkner’s Ranch?  
I have more than one, aside from being able to be part of putting big smiles on little cowpokes’ faces, I love working for such a wonderful family! The Faulkner’s have really taken me in as their own.  It feels like I’m around my own family.  They are such wonderful, caring folks.  Oh, we can’t forget the special animals at the Ranch! I can’t pick just one!
Cowgirl Jessica and Cowgirl Christine at last year’s Ponies and Pancakes

We know that Ponies and Pancakes is a very special event for you.  Can you please explain to our readers why?  
4 years ago, my husband and I lost our son, Kyle Anthony Lillis to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  He is survived by his twin brother, Corey, now 4 1/2 years old and his older Brother, Emmanuel, 15 yrs old.  Kyle was a healthy, happy baby boy.  He was one day short of turning 4 months old.  He was sound asleep when he passed.  I miss him every single day that goes by.  We keep his memory alive and talk about Kyle all the time.  He is very much alive in our hearts.
Baby Kyle 

SIDS Resources of Kansas City became a special part in my life when I came to the area & met a fellow SIDS mom, Nicole Noblitt, who introduced me to the support group and helped me tremendously as a friend and mother of a SIDS baby herself.
Last year, I wanted to put together a family-oriented fundraiser to honor our son, Kyle.  I met with Christine and a SIDS Coordinator, Melissa Merriam to discuss how we could accomplish this.  Christine Loneman came up with the perfect name for this event “Ponies & Pancakes.”  It was perfect!  We had a great turn-out for the first year.  
 
Ponies and Pancakes Fall 2011
The Faulkner’s have really put their hearts and efforts into making this fundraiser a yearly event to help support a charity that is so dear to us.  As you can see, there is a lot of love involved in this event!!  We are so excited for this day and know that everyone will have a great time at Faulkner’s Ranch!
You get to work with lots of kiddos at the ranch so you must have some fun stories.  What is one of your favorites?  
During Pony Camp I get to introduce myself and explain my job duties at the ranch.  One of the kiddo’s asked me “do you get to ride the ponies all day?”  Watching the kiddo’s on the ranch, whether it is a Pony Birthday Party, Pony Camp, Field Trips, or Picnics, I really love seeing the big smiles on their faces.  You are never too old for fun at Faulkner’s Ranch.
Jessica and Corey on a field trip at Faulkner’s Ranch in October  2011

What are you looking forward to the most at Faulkner’s Ranch for the rest of 2012?  
For starters, we are gearing up for the huge pumpkin season in October.  Also, it really is fun booking all sorts of events and getting to work them as well.  I enjoy seeing all our staff; it is like our own family working together.
Jessica and her family at Faulkner’s Pumpkin Patch in 2011
Well, Jessica, it goes without a doubt that we are beyond glad that you are a part 
of the Faulkner Family! 
You are amazing!!!


Come say hi to Jessica and Support SIDS Resources at Ponies and Pancakes this Saturday, July 21st from 9am to noon.
Breakfast will be served inside the air-conditioned banquet barn and fun activities will follow!
Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, refreshing OJ, ice-cold water, and coffee.
Once you chow down, trot on over to our air-conditioned activity barn complete with cow milking contests, a mechanical pony, rockin’ ropers, and more!
GameKart Mobile Video Game Theatre will also be at the Ranch for FREE GameKart Fun!
Stay cool outside with our misters and sprinklers. You can even treat our ponies to some special summer pampering with our pony sponge baths!
You don’t want to miss out on this fun morning!
We only swing our gates open to the public for very special occasions and this Saturday morning is one VERY special occasion.
We hope to see you on Saturday!
Posted on May 2, 2012
It’s springtime here on the ranch!
How do we know?
We’ve got babies everywhere!
Meet the two newest members of the Faulkner family…
Aren’t they adorable?
Stop on by our Facebook page and help us think of some names for this adorable twosome!
Have a great day ya’ll!
Posted on April 16, 2012
Look who stopped by to take some fun pics at the ranch this weekend…
We hope you had a blast Tigers!!!
Posted on January 30, 2012
One of our favorite things about this blog is sharing all of the inside details and behind the scenes fun of Faulkner’s Ranch.  That is why we are starting a new little guest post segment called “The Word from the Herd.”
That’s right! Our ranch hands are going to give you the low-down on what’s going on at Faulkner’s Ranch! To kick things off, here is someone that you all probably know –  Christine Loneman, one of the owners and managers of Faulkner’s!
A January Weekend at Faulkner’s Ranch
I can say, without a doubt, that I absolutely LOVE my job.  One of the greatest perks of going to work has to be bumping into high school peeps at various events around the Ranch-a-Roos, seeing what they are up to, and connecting with them as a small business owner.  It’s crazy to think about how many people I run into all time.
For example, this past weekend was like a blast from the past.  Just last Friday I was working a casino party at the Benjamin Ranch for a super cool IT Training company and in walks Jessica Taylor Horton.  Her hubby works for the company.  I thought Jessica was cool in HS and she is still very cool today.  She is currently the owner of Tin Roof Photography.  She photographed our Faulkner Family at the old farm on View High Drive and that picture still hangs in my folks’ house today.  When talking to her this weekend I found out that she is just starting a new adventure that I am loving called RE: Restoration Emporium  She and another LSHS peep Amy Shaw McMicheal restore, repurpose, refinish, and renew vintage items and antiques.  The have such talent when it comes to creating awesome furniture pieces! You have to be sure to check it out.
Me and Jessica
Saturday was a busy one as well with 4 pony parties and a 5oth Wedding Anniversary.  The very first pony party of the day for Mac whose mommy is Christine South from high school.  For this very reason I keep my ‘92 and ‘93 yearbooks in the Pony Place under the register. You’ll never know when you might need them! Every time a fellow Tiger comes through we open them up and reminisce (Oh the hair!).  Much to my surprise Shelly Payne Brown, another HS peep and her adorable sons were guests at the party!    Shelly is Vice Principal at Blue Springs South.  We had a pretty good laugh about that since back in the day LSHS and BSHS were HUGE rivals! (Go Tigers!)

In the next barn over there were plenty of ole friends and acquaintances at the sweetest 50th Wedding Anniversary party for the Shepards.  The Shepards belong to Abundant Life Baptist Church so I was fortunate to get see some old neighbors, Tom and Elizabeth Guenther and the Perry Family (I went to HS with their children Jeff and Jill Perry.) 

Working that event was a lot of fun!  Sometimes I feel like a privileged fly on the wall getting to witness the most intimate moments of events like when Rich Langston with Discover Church read questions that were written by the Shepard’s guests.  It was a little bit like the newlywed game and we learned a lot about their relationship, travels, and future plans.  It was such a fun idea for an anniversary party!

I learned that when the Shepards were married she shared that after the ceremony they went home and she cooked the only meal she knew how at age 18 – meatloaf.  The next day they got up and went to school and work.  A fairly simple start.  Well between now and then they have lived a full life.  They have traveled all 50 states and around the world.  Much of the traveling was Mission trips. Talk about an amazing, inspiring marriage.  Betty, one of our scarecrows, has always said there are 3 people in a marriage; husband , wife, the Lord.  Picture a triangle.  That is what a saw in the Shepard’s and it made me feel honored to help them celebrate their special day.

The weekend wrapped up with a bittersweet day on Sunday as my folks headed South for the winter.  They got to stop on the way in Fort Wayne IL to see Charlie (Duc 1) and his lovely wife for lunch.
I feel so blessed to have such an amazing job where I get to reconnect with old friends and meet amazing new people every day!
What can I say? My job rocks!

Posted on January 28, 2012
Happy Anniversary to Marilyn and Bob Faulkner!
Here’s a little video we found of you two keeping 
the fire of love alive and going strong!
Wishing you the happiest of anniversaries!!!

Love,

Posted on January 14, 2012
The holiday party season has come and gone.
Needless to say, we had an absolute blast celebrating with everyone who chose to party it up at Faulkner’s Ranch!
We noticed a few big trends this year that definitely caught our eye.

Here are some of our favorite ones that we wanted to share with you!
The Party Bus
On the outside it may look like a normal school bus…
But on the inside it is a total party!!!
Companies that care about their peeps go the extra mile and provide a safe ride to and from the party.  Plus, it gets the party going before you even arrive!
Photo Booths
Are you looking for an affordable and unique party favor or entertainment idea for your guests? 
A photo booth is the perfect solution and a great way to keep your guests entertained all night.
Photo booths not only draw a crowd, generate excitement, and inspire contagious laughter, but they also allow your guests to go home with a unique keepsake to remember just how much fun they had at Faulkner’s Ranch. 
White Elephant Christmas
White Elephant Christmas was super popular this year at our holiday parties.
How do you play White Elephant? It’s easy!
In its most basic form, the gameplay is as follows: Each guest supplies one wrapped gift. Participants determine in what order they will take turns choosing gifts.
Some do it via Bingo, others draw numbers.
The first person opens a wrapped gift and the turn ends. The second person then chooses whether to open a wrapped gift or “steal” a previously opened gift. This is where it gets really fun! If a person has his gift stolen, he/she also has the option of choosing a wrapped gift or stealing an unwrapped one. When a wrapped gift is opened, the turn ends. When all gifts have been unwrapped, the game ends.

And you should see some of the awesome gifts that went around this year…

Who wouldn’t want those?

Some Killer Dance Moves
Okay, so this isn’t so much a trend but we could help but notice that our party guests had some serious dance moves this year!
We didn’t capture a video of it, but here is something similar…
So those are the big holiday party trends of 2011!
We just want to say a big thanks to everyone who helped make our holiday party seasons a blast!
Wanna have a party with us next year? It’s never too early to plan your event.  Many companies even book a year in advance to secure the perfect date.
Just click here for more information or give us a call at (816) 761-1234.
Keep on Partyin’ Ya’ll,
Posted on December 10, 2011
It’s Not Too Late To Plan
Your Holiday Party at Faulkner’s Ranch!
The holiday season finally here!  Why not treat your closest friends, employees, and associates to a memorable time at Faulkner’s Ranch!
Whether you are entertaining employees and guests or hosting a family holiday event, planning your festivities with our skilled event planners is a fun and stress-free process that takes just one phone call.
Click HERE for more information on how you can have a jolly good time at Faulkner’s!
Happy Holidays Ya’ll,
PS  – Have a big birthday coming up? Maybe a special anniversary? Or perhaps a class reunion!  Then be sure to give us a call and ask about our special winter discounted rates and packages!
Posted on November 25, 2011
We here at Faulkner’s Ranch are thankful for so many things…
our family, our friends, and being blessed with a wonderful family business that makes us love going to work each day.
Since moving to our new location on Raytown Road, it has become a tradition for the entire family to get together at the ranch for a huge Thanksgiving dinner celebration.  We usually have between 30 and 40 people to celebrate with which means lots of laughter and LOTS of food!
We start the evening by getting in a big circle and each saying what we are thankful for…
Then it’s time for the food and we aren’t joking around when we say there is lots of food! Everyone brings their favorite dish so everything is absolutely delicious.
Once we are all stuffed we start the rather competitive game of Pirate Bingo. 

It works like a White Elephant Christmas Exchange.  When you win Bingo, you pick a gift…however that gift can be stolen up to three times by other winners.

Some people get the best seat in the house for this…
Especially since the game can get pretty intense…
and some tables don’t have much luck and start to get rowdy…
But luckily our beautiful Bingo callers keep everyone in line.
In the end, everyone scored some pretty awesome gifts, like Jamie with his boa covered plunger.
Overall, it was a fantastic evening!
We hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
Stay tuned this month for more delicious holiday recipes, DIY Christmas gifts, and awesome party planning tips.
Happy Thanksgiving!
~ Your Friends at Faulkner’s

To read more about our family traditions, click here.

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