Bess and Betty carry on a Kansas tradition

Annual celebration continues as draft horses and carriage deliver governor's Christmas tree and give Santa a ride.


State News

November 25, 2020 - 10:03 AM

Betty, left, and Bess pull a replica 1880 hayrack to deliver a Korean fir Tuesday to the governor's mansion in Topeka. Cecil Carter, of 3C Carriage Services in White City, drives the team alongside Santa. Photo by (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

CEDAR CREST — Bess and Betty stamped and snorted Tuesday morning in the guest parking lot of the governor’s mansion, where for 40 minutes they waited patiently and sometimes impatiently in fur-ruffling wind under a dapple-gray sky for the show to start.

By the time they put the replica 1880 hayrack in motion, they were practically champing at the bit.

“Damn, another work day,” they thought.

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