The 22nd annual Kansas Sampler Festival will be held May 7 and 8 in Leavenworth. More than 150 cities from across the state will participate in sharing what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in Kansas.
Alongside the featured travel booths, the festival grounds will be alive with Kansas artists, authors, food vendors, historic performers, musicians, and Kansas products.
Hosted by Leavenworth County, the festival is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation whose mission is to preserve and sustain rural culture.
The event started 22 years ago as a book-signing party for Milferd Penner and daughter Marci's book, Kansas Weekend Guide. They invited attractions listed in the book to fill one tent. Held on the Penner Farm near Inman in 1990, one thousand people attended on a cold November day.
After being hosted on the farm, the event then moved on a two-year rotation to Pratt, Ottawa, Independence, Newton, Garden City, Concordia, and now Leavenworth. Liberal will be the host in 2012 and 2013.
From the Kansas Underground Salt Museum and Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson to attractions in small towns, from scenic drives to art galleries, the whole state is well represented.
The Kansas celebration is held May 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and May 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Ray Miller Park, 4201 S. 4th, Leavenworth. There is an admission charge. For more information, go to www.kansassamplerfestival.com.