If you want an education on hundreds of things unique to Kansas, the opportunity for hands-on learning is coming up this weekend in Wamego as the 25th annual Kansas Sampler Festival gets under way.
Communities and organizations from across Kansas will have booths at the Festival. This year, the Kansas Department of Agriculture's state trademark program, From the Land of Kansas, and a variety of its member companies will be showcasing Kansas food, products and experiences available in Kansas to nearly 8,000 expected festival attendees.
Stacy Mayo, From the Land of Kansas program director, said that the opportunity is unique.
"We are excited to showcase some of Kansas' best companies and their fun and innovative products and services to consumers," she said. "There are many hidden gems in our state. We want to let people know they can shop right here in Kansas and enjoy high-quality food and distinctive products to share with their family and friends."
Festival attendees are encouraged to complete a From the Land of Kansas passport by visiting all the From the Land of Kansas' members' booths. Attendees can bring their completed passport to the From the Land of Kansas tent and receive a coupon for a dollar off any trademark merchandise in the booth. Merchandise includes handcrafted mugs and cutting boards made by Kansas artists as well as T-shirts and aprons. In addition, the trademark team will also draw a completed passport each day to win a From the Land of Kansas gift basket.
The From the Land of Kansas tent, located west of the pond in City Park, will feature some of its members including: Alma Creamery, Alma; Cashmere Popcorn, Topeka; Oatie Beef, Dwight; Kansas Foods LLC, Wilson; Prairie Harvest Market & Deli, Newton; Kansas Originals, Wilson; K's Vineyard Candles, Topeka; Chef Alli's Farm Fresh Kitchen, Topeka; Loveland Acres Popcorn, Clyde; and Hildebrand Dairy Farm, Junction City.
Several other trademark members taking part in the passport promotion: Alma Bakery, Alma; Alpacas of Wildcat Hollow, Eskridge; Becky's Bierocks, St. Francis; Flint Hills Aromatherapy, Atlanta; Highland Community College Winery, Wamego; Holmes Made Salsa, Wichita; Kansas Play Klay, Ellis; Mom & I's Candy, Everest; Our Daily Bread Bake Shoppe & Bistro, Barnes; Highland Community College Winery, Highland; Smoky Hill Vineyards & Winery, Salina; Wyldewood Cellars, Mulvane and Wheat State Distilling, Wichita will have booths around the festival for exhibitors to enjoy.
The Kansas Sampler Festival is Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults or $8 for a weekend pass. Children ages 7-12 years old are $3 or $4 for the weekend. Children 6 years and under get in free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Visitors are encouraged to park at the Wamego Recreation Complex at the corner of Balderson Avenue and U.S. Highway 24. Shuttles will be running continuously from the complex to the festival area. Other parking options include parking on side streets or downtown and walking.
For more information about the festival, please visit kansassampler.org/festival.