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Kansas Sampler Festival will be held May 1 to 2 in Leavenworth


The 21st annual Kansas Sampler Festival will be held May 1 to 2 in Leavenworth at Ray Miller Park, 4201 South 4th Street. If you want to get immersed in Kansas culture, you'll find it here.

An opening ceremony will be held May 1 at 9 a.m., and the tents will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. On May 2, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fee is $5 for adults and $3 for kids 7 to 14. Weekend passes are available for $8 adults and $4 for children.

What is there to see and do in Muscotah, Enterprise, Woodson County, Glasco, Ellinwood, Lake Scott State Park or over 150 other communities in Kansas? Have you heard of the Possum Hollow Studio or the Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch? Have you listened to the Alferd Packer String Band or heard a portrayal of Calamity Jane and found out what she really thought of Wild Bill Hickock?

This year's festival is breaking all records in exhibitor registrations, with over 320 received to date. Kansas communities and attractions, entrepreneurs, and entertainers will be spread out in the park under colorful tents on a wide open grassy field dotted with stately trees in Ray Miller Park.

Krehbiel's Meat Market and Deli will come from Hutchinson, and the unique Red Truck Novelties will sell hot buttered popcorn from a 1929 Ford Model AA truck. T-Town Smokin BBQ from Topeka will serve up hardwood smoke barbecue, and Becky's Bierocks from St. Francis will return with her popular bierocks. Eighteen food vendors featuring Kansas foods will feed the audience.

Festival overseer WenDee LaPlant says, "It's all Kansas from the pig wings in the Pachta Pork food booth to Marci Penner's questions on The Stump."

New to the event this year are the Kansas Authors' Tent and the Kansas Artists' Tent, where you can personally meet local authors, artisans and buy their books and artwork. In addition, there are new "group" tents including Pottawatomie County, Leavenworth County and Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, which will include children's activities and entertainment.

A wine and beer garden will feature several Kansas-based wineries and microbreweries.

Visitors can see and buy a huge variety of Kansas-made products at the popular Kansas Mercantile tent, learn how soap is made from goats' milk, take stagecoach rides and enjoy entertainment from four stages.

Shuttles will be available to take festival-goers from designated parking lots directly to the admission gates.

A project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, the festival is a kick-off of the explorer tourism season.

The Kansas Sampler Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization that is committed to preserving and sustaining rural culture in Kansas. For more information go to www.kansassamplerfestival.com or call 913-417-7575.

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