• Special to the Leader & Times
The 22nd annual Kansas Sampler Festival will be hosted in Leavenworth’s Ray Miller Park,
4201 South Fourth, on Saturday and Sunday. The festival is known as a living brochure of what there is to see, do, taste, buy, and learn in Kansas.
Among the 150 communities attending are Liberal, Alma, Burlington, Concordia, Paola, El Dorado, Greensburg, Kansas City, Meade, Oakley, Topeka, and WaKeeney.
The state’s largest travel show will showcase such information as the Pancake Day Hall of Fame in Liberal, the home of the state’s oldest continuous veterans’ reunion in Erie, the Midland Railway in Baldwin City, Kansas Scenic Byways, the Kansas Underground Salt Museum, and the only hyperbolic parabaloid church in the state in Ulysses. Flying W Ranch of Cedar Point will bring a bucket calf and Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will give stagecoach rides.
Liberal will feature Mid America Air Museum, Dorothy’s House/ Land of OZ and the Coronado Museum, Baker Arts Center and International Pancake Day of Liberal.
Working the booth for Liberal will be JoAnn Combs, Patsy Guinn, Ronna Stump and Gary Classen. Sally Fuller and Kristina Vaughan have been working since Tuesday on the grounds in Leavenworth. Others who plan to stop by and help out are Rozelle Webb, Gary and Nancy Scott and Bob Gittinger of Kismet. City employees Joe, Bill, Daniel and Robert will be there on Saturday.
Kansas entertainers include The Gospel of Jazz Friendship, Ann Zimmerman, Denise Lee Rogers, and Jeff Davidson and the Trail Riders, plus others. Historic performers portray such people as Amelia Earhart, Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner, Mary Jane Ritchie of the Underground Railroad, and buffalo hunter Billy Dixon. Marci Penner will ask Kansas questions from the Stump four times a day.
Kansas products include chocolate, jellies, sauces, honey, lavender products, goats milk soap, jewelry, sesquicentennial souvenirs and more. Kansas artists and authors will also have their works on sale.
More than 15 food vendors will feature bierocks, barbeque, buffalo burgers, German sausage, Scottish sausage, Marcon Pies, chicken tomatillo tamales, fruit tacos, turkey legs, and more.
The popular Kansas wine and beer tasting tent will return.
WenDee LaPlant of the Kansas Sampler Foundation said, “On this weekend we celebrate all that is Kansas but the desired outcome of the festival is to inspire people to travel the state year-round.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The opening ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children 7 to 14. Find more information at www.kansassamplerfestival.com.
The festival is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation. It moves around the state every two years and will be hosted in Liberal in 2012 and 2013.