The 22nd annual Kansas Sampler Festival will be held in Leavenworth's Ray Miller Park, 4201 S. Fourth, on May 7 and 8. The festival is known as a living brochure of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in Kansas.
Among the 150 communities that will be represented are Alma, Burlington, Concordia, El Dorado, Greensburg, Kansas City, Meade, Oakley, Paola, 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.
Kansas entertainers include The Gospel of Jazz Friendship, Ann Zimmerman, Dennis 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 chocolates, jellies, salsa, 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 Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The opening ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children 7-14. Find more information at www.kansassamplerfestival.org.
The festival is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation. It moves around the state every two years and will be held in Liberal in 2012 and 2013.