Statewide festival to choose from two towns


The Kansas Sampler Foundation will visit the cities of El Dorado and Winfield on September 22 in the final step of selecting the host for the 2016 and 2017 Kansas Sampler Festival.

Committees from both cities have already been successful with a preliminary and final application. Foundation director Marci Penner said, “The final application is rigorous and takes a great deal of time and effort to complete. We believe that the application and interview process makes it clear which city is most ready to host the festival and should give confidence to that city that they are ready to host. The city not chosen is often first in line for the next round. It’s a competition.”


The celebratory event of what there is to see and do in Kansas is held the first full weekend of each May. In 2014, more than 11,500 people attended the two-day festival in Wamego and more than 140 communities represented what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in Kansas. Wamego will host the 26th annual festival one more time in 2015 on May 2-3.


Two staff members and several Foundation board members will come to El Dorado and Winfield on September 22 for an interview and a site visit. The next festival host will be announced the following day.


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