The 20th annual Kansas Sampler Festival will be held May 2-3 in Concordia's city park. If you want to get immersed in Kansas culture, you'll find it here.
What do you know about Lebanon, Linn County, Lansing, St. Francis, Anthony, Lake Scott State Park or over 100 other communities in Kansas? Have you heard of the Prairie Lavender Farm or Tim Raglin's children's books. Have you listened to Don Eves sing or Theresa Bachman do a Gladys the Riveter portrayal?
This is a small sample of the 215 Kansas exhibitors that will be found under colorful tents and cedar trees in Concordia's city park.
Bossie's Best Organic Hotdogs will come from Home City and the unique Birdsong Cafe in a bus from Clyde will provide wrap sandwiches. Collyer Community Alliance will sell brats and kraut and Concordia's Huckleberry Tea House will serve chicken salad croissants.
Festival overseer WenDee LaPlant says, "It's all Kansas from the pig wings in the Pachta Pork booth to the stump Marci stands on to do her Kansas questions."
McPherson will be telling about their new trolley tours and Hutchinson's Underground Salt Museum and Kansas Cosmosphere will give news about their combo ticket. The public can buy Kansas books, chocolate, and salsa or plan a day trip to the Also Ran Museum in Norton or find hiking trails.
Shuttles will be available to take festival-goers to Concordia to tour the Orphan Train Museum, the county museum, the Brown Grand Theatre, and other downtown attractions. The sisters of St. Joseph will give tours of the Nazareth Motherhouse.
A project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, the festival is a kick-off of the explorer tourism season.
Hours are May 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 3 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission fee is $5 for adults and $3 for kids 7-14. For more information go to www.kansassamplerfestival.com or call 785.243.4303.