The 21st annual We Kan! awards were presented May 4 at the Kansas Sampler Festival to ten people who help preserve and sustain rural culture. The awards are given by the Kansas Sampler Foundation as appreciation for dedicated work to help preserve and sustain rural culture.
The 2013 winners are:
Amick, Alma - Powering Up
Agri-women and Kansas
Tammy Britt, Concordia - Good Thinker & Bright Spirit
Community of Liberal - Bringing Kansas Together 2012-2013
Marc & Alice Ferguson, Meade - Preserving the Old West Story
Marieta Hauser, Ulysses - Doing It All for Grant County
Don Lampe, Piqua - Always-there-to-help Guy
Liz Sosa, Garden City - Leading the Way to PowerUp Kansas
Brenda Staggenborg, Marysville - Making It Happen in Marysville
U.S. Highway 36 Association - Century of Promoting East to West
Sarah Werner, Winfield - Valuable PowerUp Voice Across Kansas
Foundation director Marci
Penner said, "In their own way, each of these people has made an impact
for the good of rural Kansas. It is our privilege to honor them."
The awards plates are made annually by Steve and Jane Fry of Elk Falls Pottery.