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Kansas Sampler

Last Kansas Sampler Festival App...

The 28th, and final, Kansas Sampler Festival will take place May 6-7 in Winfiel...

Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers...

It took Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe four years to visit every one of the 626 in...

2016 We Kan! Awards announced...

The 24th annual We Kan! awards were announced May 7, 2016 at the Kansas Sampler...

Kansas Explorer Club

Kansas Explorer Club

Members of the Kansas Explorer Club receive 5-6 print newsletters a year full of things to see and do that are off the beaten path.

We Kan!

We Kan!

The Big Rural Brainstorm will be held March 7 in Newton in 2016.

Kansas Sampler Festival

Kansas Sampler Festival

The 2016 Kansas Sampler Festival will be held on May 7-8 in Winfield at Island Park.

Rural Culture Elements

Rural Culture Elements

The 8 rural culture elements are: architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history and people! They help you see a place with new eyes.

8 Wonders

8 Wonders

Have you seen the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook? Let it guide you to all 216 Wonders!

ERV

ERV

Marci and WenDee, of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, are going to every (626) incorporated city in Kansas to research for the second edition of the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.

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What's in it for communities?

WHAT WILL YOUR COMMUNITY GET OUT OF THIS?

  • You'll be part of a rural Kansas network that features what there is to see and do from an Explorer viewpoint but it will also educate the world about how to "get us."
  • Rural Kansas will be marketed as an attraction and then the system will send people directly to certain areas or thematic places. 
  • To benefit, all your community has to do to benefit it be the best it can be at being itself.
  • The communities that will benefit most are those that are most engaged in carrying out the steps.
  • The capacity and viability of your community can be significantly upgraded.

SPECIFICALLY, HOW WILL THIS BE USEFUL TO THE SMALLEST TOWNS?
  • Assessing your town with the rural culture elements (architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history, and people) will turn up things that explorer-types will be interested in. EVERY town has a story to tell.
  • Even if you don't have a town web site now, you can have one here - all you have to do is follow the plan.
  • What difference does it make if people come to your town? It helps morale and can either nurture or lead to small business success.
  • It will give your town a shot of pride to have your story noticed and appreciated.

HOW DO COMMUNITIES GET INVOLVED?

There are three steps that help get you into the flow of information and activity.  From these two steps, the benefits will follow.

1)  Send an e-mail to the Kansas Sampler Foundation (marci@kansassampler.org) and give them an e-mail contact name to be the contact for this project from your town.

2)  It is recommended to become a We Kan! member ($25) and a Kansas Explorers Club member ($18.61) because the information in the newsletters helps you become a part of the network, offers grassroots and functional ideas and contacts, and helps maximize your part in this whole program.  You can ask for sample newsletters when you send in the e-mail contact.

3)  Join your regional tourism group for added support.