Kansas Sampler Festival
The Browndale Pumpkin booth gave an autumn feel to the spring time festival!
Sports cars inside and outside the Saline County tent provided lots of lookers.
Crowds were everywhere including the Northwest tent.
Leann Seiler of Jetmore had a smile for all the festival visitors
Becky's Bierock's is always a big hit. This year Becky offered breakfast bierocks!
Donna Malsom and her crew from the Collyer Community Alliance served up brats and kraut all purchased locally!
Miss Kansas, Karen Deaver, reacts to the stuffed skunk on display in the Barber County tent.
Festival crowds at the city park in Concordia
Alferd Packer Memorial String Band was a big hit with festival goers.
Betsy Lobmeyer (Anna's mom) from Garden City is a great supporter of and a super Kansas Explorer!
Kelley's Festival Foods traveled from Garden City to serve locally purchased Turkey Legs and Sweet Corn on the cob grown by her family business, Huber Produce.
Abby Dechant at the Wabaunsee County booth
A real chuckwagon from Meade County was a focal point in the South Central tent
Roulette wheels in two of the tents provided lots of fun even for the younger crowd.
The famous Diamond W Wranglers also played a concert at the Brown Grand Theater on Saturday evening.
A musician with the Lindsborg Folkdanslag dancers visits with two of the Historic Performers
Anna Lobmeyer is one of the youngest members of the Kansas Explorers Club.
Dennis Toll of the Manhattan CVB talks with a visitor at his booth.
Andrea Springer of Hutchinson gives Marci Penner a friendly hug.
Capone's offers gourmet shaved ice - always a sweet treat.
Cloud County Candle Company
Figgin's Wheat products from Manter were a first at the festival and were delicious! They use white wheat they grow themselves!
Tricia Holmes always has good sales with her tasty Holmes Made Salsa.
Elsie Rietcheck from Rexford makes the most amazing decorative objects from lariats!
Beautiful handmade jewelry from Follow Your Heart designs located in Concordia
The owner's of Monty's Jerky have found a sure fire way to attract customers to their booth! They love wearing their kilts and their jerky is awesome!
Sticky Spoons is always a popular product booth in the Mercantile Tent.
Ann Zimmerman from Salina wows the crowd with her beautiful voice and songs.
Can you identify these historical figures?
The Lindsborg Folkdanslag dancers bring the Swedish culture to the festival.
There were lots of "8's" in the booths either from past winners or those that are participating in their own 8 Wonders project or participating in the current Cuisine contest. Newton was promoting the Blue Sky Sculpture which won for the Art category.
The tiny but mighty town of Cuba sported a beautiful professional looking banner at their booth.
Homemade kolaches were selling like crazy at $1 a piece in the Cuba booth.
Quilts and quilt making products in the Creative Kaleidoscope booth.
Mark Galloway, owner of a new business in Lindsborg, the Blacksmith Coffee Roastery, kept things perking with his hand roasted coffee.
Marci Penner kept the crowd guessing and laughing with her Kansas Trivia questions from "The Stump."
Ashley Bogle and her husband pose for a picture. Ashley was promoting the horse races in Eureka.
Kaitlyn Kelly King came with her mom Keyta, the festival director for next years event in Leavenworth, to help during set up and at their booth. She was terrific help!
Keyta Kelly, festival director in Leavenworth (2010-2011) came early in the week prior to the festival to help learn about set up and got first hand experience.
Coffeyville had a nice looking booth in the Mixed Communities tent. Welcome back Kim!
It was always busy in the Northwest Tent where you could munch on free popcorn, play games and listen to live music. Oh yes, and check out the guys in kilts!
A directional sign using the eight Rural Culture Elements was a focal point in the Saline County tent.
Tallgrass Brewing Co. in Manhattan is a new microbrewery in the state. We were thrilled to have them in the Wine/Beer tent.
Jack Crispin poses next to Abe Lincoln at the very attractive Lincoln booth.
Marion County booth workers talked to thousands during the week-end.
Joan Nothern helped visitors with a miniature version of the Ball of Twine. The twine will be added to the big one in Cawker City.
Kim & Lynette put on a great variety show at the Main Stage.
Hungry visitors chowed down on food offered from 14 different vendors!
Meg Perry, Blackberry Mercantile in Oak Hill, gives her 2 minute commercial as a Stump sponsor.
The "pole art" or community flags made a colorful addition to the festival grounds.
Sally Hatcher at the Kansas Barn Alliance booth
Salina did a cute booth to promote the Cozy Inn as a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine contest.
Lb. Brewing of Hays ran out of beer after the first day of the festival!
Very cool shirts from Lb. Brewing.
The Country Register booth in the Mercantile Tent which they also sponsored.
Jennifer Mueller, Newton CVB and Connie Kimsey, Arkansas City CVB, had a great time in the South Central tent and handed out free "green" shopping bags.
The Herington booth was kept busy with visitors throughout the week-end.
Anne Hertzog and mother Sally Frame, began a new award this year at the festival in memory of longtime Kansas Explorers and supporters of the festival, Jim Mathes and Fred Burgess. The award went to Dickinson County.
Sally Frame of Kinsley is an enthusiastic Explorer!
WenDee LaPlant was so happy to be made a Watermelon Head at the Clyde booth!
Glenda Purkis, Abilene CVB, is a great promoter!
Hutchinson promoted their premiere attractions, The Kansas Cosmosphere and Underground Salt Museum, both 8 Wonders of Kansas winners!
Ness County booth featuring the Ness County Bank, an 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture winner.
These two gals were kept busy all week-end popping the corks from Kansas made wine to provide samples to the public.
Always popular with the crowd is the Kansas Buffalo Association booth.
Polly Catanese from the Garden City CVB handed out hundreds of "stress" balls as their giveaway and had folks vote for Pho Hoa, a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine contest.
The antique toy display was a charming one.
The Weaver Hotel in Waterville is proud of it's preservation!
Take a ride sometime on the Marshall County Railroad!
FreeSTATE Energy provided a solar powered wash station complete with Bubblegum soap!
Command Central (festival headquarters) and golf carts make the running of the festival easier.
We were fortunate to have Barb Shunn and a cadre of volunteers to head up Command Central. They were always there to help.
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