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May 6, 2014 | (Customized) Kansas Sampler Festival 2014 news release
(Name of community, attraction, or business) Participates in Kansas Sampler Festival
 

Perfect weather brought record-setting attendance to the 25th annual Kansas Sampler Festival held May 3-4 in Wamego.  Just over 11,700 people attended the state's largest outdoor travel show.

____ (Name of town, attraction or business)___ was represented by __(names of those who worked booth) _____________.

A Kansas Sampler Foundation project, the festival is designed to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in Kansas. 

The host city of Wamego, led by Julie Roller, Michelle Crisler, Bunny McCloud, and Betsy Riblett, provided all the organization and volunteers.  Wamego, population 4,485, is the smallest city to have hosted the festival. Pratt, Ottawa, Independence, Newton, Garden City, Concordia, Leavenworth, and Liberal have also hosted since the festival left the Penner Farm near Inman in 1998.

The 282 exhibits were spread out over the 12-acre Wamego City Park and a nearby ballfield.  With a children's train roping through the park the tulips, redbud trees, a pond, the 1879 Dutch Mill, and the historical complex provided a picturesque backdrop to the huge white tents and free-standing displays. Long lines were constant in the exhibit tents, the food concessions, and the Kansas wine and beer sampling tent. 

Exhibits ranged from communities promoting day trip opportunities to entrepreneurs selling their goods. Photographers displayed their work and gave workshops to standing-room only crowds. Packgoats, a replica Longren airplane, and living historical encampments were found among demonstrations of horseshoes, Wicketball, and Kubb, a Swedish lawn game.

Foundation director Marci Penner said, "I have no doubt that the 11,728 who attended have a new measure of knowledge and pride about Kansas.  This weekend was a really tremendous celebration of our Sunflower State."

_____(A place for your quote - name)________ said, _____(quote about your festival experience)________________________.

 

The festival rotates around the state on a two-year basis so will be held in Wamego again next year on May 2-3.  For more information go to www.kansassamplerfestival.com.

 

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