Blog | Showcase counties for 2019 Big Kansas Road Trip announced

Showcase counties for 2019 Big Kansas Road Trip announced

More than 50 people gathered at the Kansas Explorers Club meeting in Greensburg on the last day of the 2018 Big Kansas Road Trip.  From atop a stump, Kansas Sampler Foundation director Marci Penner announced that the 2019 Big Kansas Road Trip (BKRT) would be held in the counties of Cheyenne, Sherman, and Wallace counties in the most northwest part of the state. Highlights in the area include the Arikaree Breaks in Cheyenne County, the Giant Van Gogh Painting in Sherman County, and Mount Sunflower and Fort Wallace Museum in Wallace County.
Representatives from the 2019 counties were on hand to hear the enthusiastic response.
Incorporated cities along the 2019 route will be St. Francis and Bird City (Cheyenne County), Goodland and Kanorado (Sherman County) and Sharon Springs, Wallace and Weskan (Wallace County).  Organizers will ask the incorporated cities, attractions, and business to just be good at being themselves for the May 2-5 showcase.
The BKRT, facilitated by the Kansas Sampler Foundation and organized by local leaders, replaced the popular Kansas Sampler Festival as a means to educate the public about what there is to see, hear, do, taste, buy, and learn in Kansas. Hundreds of people, including a good number of Kansas Explorer Club members, roamed the back roads and communities of Barber, Comanche and Kiowa counties May 3-6 as part of the first-ever BKRT.
Foundation director Marci Penner said, "There were some skeptics about the new format but from all accounts, everyone loved getting out on the road and having first-hand experiences.  They shopped, ate in local restaurants, and learned about rural culture. They created memories and will no doubt share their stories with many, many people.  It was a win for everyone."
"This was an experiment of sorts," continued Penner, "and we'll be forever grateful to the three counties of the 2018 BKRT for letting us learn through them.  We were impressed with how towns jumped in to show who they are and what they have and we were  thrilled for the exposure given to this area through traditional and social media. During the event, the BKRT dominated Facebook news feeds and the posts helped showcase the beauty of the area and the joys of exploring."
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