Kansas Sampler celebration approaches
The 24th annual Kansas Sampler Festival will be May 4 to 5 in Liberal’s Light Park. More than 100 Kansas communities will set up booths under white and billowy tents.
What do you know about Paxico, Valley Falls, Norton, Osage City, Muscotah, Kismet, Arkansas City and Abilene? Learn more about what these and other Kansas towns can offer at the festival. Have you heard of the Mutton Hollow Herb Farm in Chanute or where Kansas Play Klay is made? Have you listened to Jami Amber Lynne’s sweet voice or Nolan Sump’s historical performance of a sod buster?
Paxico merchants will be telling about their unique downtown and Meatloaf Festival and Concordia will tout their Whole Wall Mural. Duck Salt from Greensburg will introduce their popular seasoning to the festival audience, and Council Grove’s Paradise Ranch are returning to showcase their packgoats and Mammoth donkeys. The public can buy Kansas art, honey, or fishing lures, find hiking trails, and plan as many Kansas day trips as they desire.
Festival foods include Becky’s Bierocks from St. Francis, Old-Time Ice Cream from Harper, and buffalo burgers from Dry Creek Buffalo Company, Wamego.
“Sally Fuller and her convention and visitors bureau staff, the city of Liberal, and many others did a superb job in organizing and staging the festival last year and are ready to welcome the exhibitors and visitors back again,” according to festival overseer WenDee LaPLant. “Light Park is a charming venue for the festival and we hope everyone will return who visited last year and invite their friends and neighbors to experience the festival for the first time.”
A project of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation, the festival is a kick-off for the explorer tourism season.
“It’s all Kansas, from the Liberal pancakes to the questions Marci Penner asks from the Stump,” LaPlant said.
The public can park at Seward County Community College, 1801 N. Kansas, and take a shuttle to Light Park.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 4, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5. Admission fee is $5 for adults and $3 for youth age 7 to 12. For more information go to www.kansassamplerfestival.com or call 620-626-0170.