The ninth and final contest of a three-year Kansas Sampler Foundation program designed to educate the public about what there is to do and see in Kansas and to promote travel ends at midnight Friday.
The 8 Wonders of Kansas People winners will be announced on Oct. 28. The public can vote online at www.8wonders.org or by calling 620-585-2374 for a paper ballot. Ballots postmarked on October 22 will be counted. 8,500 people have already voted.
Finalists for the People contest include Amazon Army, Crawford County; Amelia Earhart, Atchison; Arthur Capper, Garnett, Topeka; Bernhard Warkentin, Newton, Halstead; Buffalo Soldiers, Fort Leavenworth; Buster Keaton, Piqua; Carry A. Nation, Medicine Lodge, Kiowa; Clyde V. Cessna, Rago, Kingman; Cyrus K. Holliday, Topeka; Emil J. Kapaun, Pilsen; Frederick Funston, Iola; George Washington Carver, Minneapolis, Beeler; Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence; Jack Kilby, Great Bend; James Naismith, Lawrence; John Brown, Osawatomie; Joseph McCoy, Abilene, Wichita; Martin & Osa Johnson, Chanute; Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke, Bunker Hill, Ellsworth; Olive Ann Beech, Wichita, Waverly; Walter Chrysler, Ellis, Wamego; Walter Johnson, Humboldt, Coffeyville; William Allen White, Emporia; William Inge, Independence.
Dwight Eisenhower is not on the list because he was already voted to be an overall 8 Wonder of Kansas. Several other famous Kansans were already selected in previous contests, making them ineligible for the People contest.
In addition to the overall 8 Wonders of Kansas, the other contests featured Architecture, Art, Commerce, Cuisine, Customs, Geography, and History. Contest results are at 8wonders.org.