An important deadline is approaching for communities and businesses that want to be part of the 25th annual Kansas Sampler Festival, scheduled for May 3 and 4, 2014 in Wamego at the city park.
Because of the lead time needed to get the official festival guide put together and printed, you need to register by Jan. 31 in order to be included in the guide book. You can still be part of the festival with a later registration, but your booth won't be included in the guide.
Organizers are already working to come up with ideas for making the 25th Anniversary of the Kansas Sampler Festival a fun event.
Promoting Kansas communities and businesses
The purpose of the annual festival is to give the public a chance to see, do, hear, taste, buy and learn about Kansas. It rotates to a new city every other year. In 2012 and 2013, the Festival was in Liberal. In 2014 and 2015, it will be in Wamego.
The Festival, which is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, moves around the state in order to give host cities a chance to be in the spotlight and to give more people an opportunity to be able to visit the Festival.
Every year, the Festival allows more than 100 Kansas communities a chance to show off all the things to see and do in their towns and Kansas entrepreneurs a venue for selling their products, from specialty foods to art.
Kansas entertainers perform for visitors and sell CDs or book future performances. Historical performers also tell first-person stories of Kansas history at the Festival.
Visitors get a chance to test their knowledge of Kansas when Kansas Sampler Foundation co-founder Marci Penner conducts "Stumpin' for Kansas." Prizes are awarded.
To learn more about the festival, sign up for information or register to participate next May, visit the Kansas Sampler website.