“SUCCESS IS A SCIENCE; IF YOU HAVE THE CONDITIONS, YOU GET THE RESULT.” Oscar Wilde
Well it is over after 28 years. Yes the last Kansas Sampler is over and the response was outstanding and bittersweet. Go back to when Mil and Marci Penner created a showcase for Kansas at their farm. Was it a vision back then? I would call it an inspiration and it was the inspiration of those who came and those who worked to make it a success. It is a often used idiom that a lot of ‘blood, sweat, and, tears’ goes into the Sampler, but it is true.
But even more is required than this, that is vision and passion. The vision and passion that has been passed on from the Penner family to the rest of the state is something that anyone could aspire to but few can realize.
But after the laurels, handshakes, goodwill, what will be left for tomorrow? That is for you the people who love Kansas to determine. Yes it is over but the replacement promised will be as unique and showcase Kansas as the 28 Festivals that precedes the replacement.
There is a brain trust that is developing what comes but it will be successful only if you and I nurture the love of this state in our hearts and make it become a reality. I have not been in on the planning and for once I am happy not to be coming up with ideas. How the Kansas Sampler is to be replaced and still do the great job of showcasing all of us has escaped me. And those that know me understand that my mind churns out ideas on a continuous basis, both good and poor.
I have faith in Marci and Wendee, and all those who are working on this. For now I just want to say a big thanks to them. I wanted to be there for the last one and it was just not possible.
Since I first drafted this piece the news is out that the replacement will be a grand Kansas Road Trip. Next year is planned for Barber, Comanche, and Kiowa Counties. Put this on your calendar.
I am going to get a new Kansas Guidebook and a new Kansas mug.