There is no better place to find out what Kansas has to offer from experiences for the newcomer to an in-depth look at cultural icons beloved by the most seasoned of Kansas travelers than the annual Kansas Sampler Festival.
This year, the festival moves to a new home at the Wamego City Park. The 2014 Festival will be held May 3 and 4 and the 2015 will be May 2 and 3. In 2012 and 2013, the festival was held in Liberal.
Festival displays Kansas culture, history and innovation
Each year the festival offers Kansas cities, cultural arts sites, museums, historic sites and entrepreneurs a chance to display what they have to offer in two days of outdoor fun.
Vendors who want to assure that their exhibit will be listed in the official guidebook need to register by Jan. 31, 2014, since the guidebook has to ship to the printer in early February.
If you are still undecided about adding your exhibit to the 2014 festival, you can go to the Kansas Sampler Festival website and learn more about what the festival might have to offer you.
The 2014 event will have some added fun as the sponsors think up creative ways to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Kansas Sampler Festival.
Festival started as a way to promote guidebook and travel in Kansas
The Festival started out as a way for Inman farmers Mil and Marci Penner to promote the Kansas Guidebook they had published in 1990 in an effort to promote travel in Kansas. They staged the festival on their farm near Inman on a cold, rainy November day. In spite of the weather, more than 1,000 people turned out for that first event.
The following year, the event was named the Kansas Sampler Festival and in 1993 it became a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation but continued to be held on the Penner farm every spring through 1997 when the Foundation decided it would give exposure to come communities and offer more people a chance to attend if it moved around the state.