Abilene Greyhound Gathering FAQ

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ScheduleFrequently Asked Questions Registration

Q) What is GEM’S involvement in the Abilene Gathering Event?
A) GEM is administrating the registration for the Abilene Gathering and is one of the beneficiaries of the event.

Q) What are the dates of the event?
A) The event begins on Thursday June 5th and ends on Sunday June 8th.  See the link above for the detailed schedule.

Q) Where is the event held?
A) Headquarters for the event is at the Greyhound Hall of Fame
407 S. Buckeye, Abilene, KS.  Directions: From I-70, take exit 275 go 2 miles South to the GH Hall of Fame is on the right.

Q) Where can I bring my dogs?
A) Dogs are allowed at all events except the farm tours and NGA tour. Kennel
facilities at the NGA will be available for the farm tours and NGA tour. You will
need to bring bedding and a water bowl. These are racing style kennel/crates.
You might also choose to leave a well-behaved GH at the motel.

Q) What is the registration fee?
A) The registration fee is $40 per person.

Q) What does the registration fee include?
A) The fee includes refreshments at the Welcome to Abilene party,
Dessert at the Friday night party and 2 continental breakfasts.

Q) What is the menu for Saturday night’s diner?
A) Dinner menu catered by Brookville Hotel Restaurant:

  • Sweet-Sour Cole-Slaw (Family Pennsylvania Recipe)
  • Fried Chicken
  • Mashed Potatoes w/ Cream Gravy
  • Cream-Style Corn
  • Baking Powder Biscuits with Creamy Butter and Preserves

Q) What does the event tee-shirt look like?
A) The event tee shirt features the Prancing with the Stars graphic drawn by U.K. artist Susan Allison.
They are Gildan tees that can be ordered in white, ash (gray) or natural (off-white). The graphic is transparent
so the color of the shirt will show through the print. They are $15 each. We will have some additional quantities
for sale at the event, but not all sizes in all colors. See tee shirt examples below.

Q) What else is there to do in Abilene?
A) There are five world-class museums located in a four square block area.
All are within walking distance from the Greyhound Hall of Fame.

Museums include:


You can also tour the Seelye Mansion or take in a play at the Great Plains Theater!

 ** If you have any additional questions please email Donna Weeks at:


Tee Shirt Examples

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Abilene Dining Establishments

There are chain restaurants including McDonalds, Burger King, Sonic, Subway and Pizza Hut on Buckeye. Some of the other restaurants are:

Auburn Pharmacy’s Old Fashioned Fountain Soda
304 N Broadway
Abilene, KS 67410
 Phone: 785-263-4330
Visit one of only 38 operating soda fountains in Kansas. Enjoy this seven stool soda fountain establishment with round mirror and 1972 Formica countertop. Located in Bankes Drug Store. Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 6 pm; Saturday, 8:30 am – 1 pm.
Brookville Hotel
105 E Lafayette
Abilene, KS 67410
Phone: 785-263-2244
Our Saturday night dinner is catered by Brookville. Famous family-style fried chicken dinners since 1870. A Kansas tradition and named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine and a 2007 recipient of the James Beard Award. Reservations advised. Open Wed-Fri 5pm-7:30pm, Sat & Sun 11:30pm-2pm & 5pm-7pm. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays during the summer; closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the winter.
Hitching Post
100 SE 5th
Abilene, KS 67410
Phone: 785-200-6332
Located in Old Abilene Town, breakfast and lunch are served daily, seven days a week. Enjoy Terry’s homemade cinnamon rolls or the daily special featuring a home cooked meal. After your meal, browse the General Store, featuring local and Kansas artisan products. Breakfast and lunch served from 6am-2pm Sun-Thurs & 6am-9pm Fri & Sat
Ike’s Place Bar & Grill
100 NW 14th Street
Abilene, KS 67410
 Phone: 785-200-6278
A family-fun grill and bar. Entertainment is plentiful with nine big screen TVs, pool table & Pop-A-Shot basketball game. Full bar and outdoor patio. 7 days a week!! Sun-Thurs 11 am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-2am.
Joe Snuffy’s Old Fashioned Grill
209 W First St
Abilene, KS 67410
Phone: 785-263-7802
This restaurant is a favorite of locals. Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 7 am – 10 pm, Sat & Sun 6 am – 10 pm. Closed Tuesdays. Enjoy everything from biscuits and gravy to the famous Chisholm Trail Steak.
La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant
2210 N Buckeye
Abilene, KS 67410
Phone: 785-263-1470
Authentic Mexican Restaurant serving lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Located in the America’s Best Value/Presidents Inn Motel. Try one of their margaritas, on the rocks or frozen. Hours: Sun – Thurs 11 am – 9 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 10 pm.
M & R Grill
1720 N Buckeye
Abilene, KS 67410
Phone: 785-263-9819 
Watch your favorite game on a big screen TV as you devour the famous barbecued ribs or one of their delicious steaks. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am – 10 pm; Sunday 11 am – 3 pm. Closed Mondays.
Mr. K’s Farmhouse
407 S Van Buren
Abilene, KS 67410
Phone: 785-263-7995 
Formerly Lena’s, this was one of Ike’s favorite restaurants. Great home-cooking in a friendly country atmosphere. One of the local’s favorites is their catfish dinner. Hours: Tues – Sat 11 am – 2 pm & 5 pm – 9 pm, and Sun 11 am – 2 pm.
Panda Kitchen
610 S Buckeye
Abilene, KS 67410
Phone: 785-200-6186 
  Asian Buffet
Tossed n Sauced Pizza
306 NW Third
Abilene, KS 67410

Phone: 785-263-2121
Pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads. Open daily 11 am -9 pm (10 pm on Friday and Saturday). Delivery available 11 am – 2 pm and after 5 pm within city limits.



Abilene Accommodations

Link to all Abilene motels with addresses, website links and phone numbers:


Here are a few of the local motels.

Diamond Motel:

All first floor rooms, recently renovated
One Queen $33+ tax
One King $40+ tax
Two Queens $43+ tax
Two Queen Suite $46+ tax
Three Queen Suite $60+tax
Large Room Two Queens $69+ tax
Large Room One King and One Queen $69+ tax
Apartment with full kitchen and Two Kings $85+ tax
Pet fee $10 per stay

Super8 Motel:

This motel has carpeted steps to access all rooms
$59.95 Regular
$50.96 Advanced Purchase
$53.96 AAA Rate
$47.96 AARP Rate
Pet fee $15 per night with $25 refundable deposit (up to 2 pets)

Abilene’s Best Value:

This place has first floor rooms and the stairs to the second floor are open
$47 per night, pet fee waived

Holiday Inn Express:

Chain motel with elevator
$92.99 per night, Pet fee $20 per night per pet