The Kansas Sampler Foundation announced that the public may now submit nominations for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Geography through November.
The Geography contest is the sixth of eight rural culture elements featured in the series of 8 Wonders of Kansas contests by the Foundation. In addition to the overall 8 Wonders of Kansas, the previous contests have showcased Architecture, Art, Commerce, Cuisine, and Customs. History and People will follow Geography.
The Geography category will include anything to do with nature that is publicly accessible and possesses a "wow" factor and qualities that make it unlike any other place in Kansas or beyond.
Some general Geography examples would be a natural landmark, a federal reservoir or state lake, hiking or nature trails, trees, botanical gardens, arboretums or nature centers, scenic roads, etc. Specific places must be nominated.
Those submitting nominations should be sure to provide a thorough description to clarify the qualities that set it apart. Address or location, a contact person, and hours (if applicable) should also be included.
Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge; Monument Rocks and Castle Rock in Gove County; and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve/Flint Hills are not eligible because they've already been selected as overall 8 Wonders of Kansas. The Arikaree Breaks, Cheyenne County; Cimarron National Grassland, Morton County; Gyp Hills Scenic Drive, Barber County; and Lake Scott State Park, Scott County are automatic finalists for the Geography contest because they were finalists in the overall 8 Wonders of Kansas but did not make the top eight.
In early December the selection committee will meet to determine the 24 finalists and on January 7 the finalists will be announced and voting will begin.
Nominations may be submitted online at www.8wonders.org or by e-mailing [email protected] or by sending written submissions to Kansas Sampler Foundation, 978 Arapaho Road, Inman, KS 67546.