FESTIVAL SHOWCASES KANSAS COMMUNITIES
Have you shopped at Brant's Meat Market in Lucas or eaten at Pho Hoa in Garden City? Have you toured the Amelia Earhart birthplace home in Atchison or climbed over the giant concretions at Rock City near Minneapolis? Find out about these places and hundreds more at the Kansas Sampler Festival!
The twenty-third annual celebration of what there is to see and do in Kansas will be held in Liberal's Light Park May 5-6. Almost a fifth of the communities in the state will have travel booths. Two Kansas Products tent will be filled with Kansas entrepreneurs. Three stages will feature Kansas musicians and historic performers. The food booths will feature Kansas specialty or ethnic foods.
The event is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation whose mission is to preserve and sustain rural culture. Festival overseer WenDee LaPlant says, "We think that more people will explore the state if we can help them know about all the fun and interesting things to see and do in the state. The communities are so excited to share what they offer and audiences have always been so eager to find places that meet their tastes and budget."
The festival began on the Penner Farm near Inman in 1990 as a book signing party for Mil Penner and daughter Marci Penner's first Kansas Weekend Guide. It remained on the farm for eight years and then started to rotate around the state every two years. The event has also been held in Pratt, Ottawa, Independence, Newton, Garden City, Concordia, and Leavenworth.
LaPlant continued, "We're pleased as can be to bring the festival to Liberal and southwest Kansas. Convention & Visitors Bureau director Sally Fuller and her staff and the entire city have bent over backwards to make sure this is yet another excellent promotion of the Kansas story."
Some of the attractions in or near Liberal, home to the International Pancake Day Race, include the Mid-America Air Museum, Dorothy's House and the Land of Oz, Baker Arts Center, Seward County Historical Museum, and the Mighty Samson of the Cimarron bridge.
The festival will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adult admission charge is $5; children 7-12 $3. For more information phone 620.626.0170 or go to www.kansassamplerfestival.com.