Though the exhibit won't officially close until April 1, Kauffman Museum is having a big sendoff for "The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West" this weekend, with a number of festivities planned. Here's how you can join in:

Hear some tall tales

Jim Hoy, English professor and director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University, will present on "Kansas Legends and Folktales" at 3 p.m. March 25 in the Krehbiel Auditorium at Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus, part of the final events planned in conjunction with the exhibit.

Hoy has published 17 books and 150 articles on the folklife of ranching, co-authoring the "Plains Folk" syndicated newspaper column.

Chow down on some trail grub

A special event requires special treats, and those who attend the closing reception of the Chisholm Trail exhibit will be treated to some cowboy cookies (former First Lady Laura Bush's own recipe) either before or after the program.

Get one last look at the exhibit

Of course, the exhibit itself is the main event and Kauffman Museum will have extended hours from 1:30 to 5 p.m. March 25 to allow visitors to explore "The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West," which will be free of charge.

Developed in celebration of the trail's 150th anniversary in 2017, highlights of the exhibit include a musical exploration of the cowboy song "The Old Chisholm Trail," clips from films such as "The Old Chisholm Trail" and "Red River" that reference the trail, several artistically rendered life-size longhorn cattle formed from blackened steel and more.

For more information, call 316-283-1612 or visit www.bethelks.edu/kauffman.

If you go:

When: March 25, 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Where: Kauffman Museum and Krehbiel Auditorium, Bethel College, North Newton.

How Much: Free.