Wamego to host Kansas Sampler festival

By Jelani Yancey

Wamego will host the 2014-2015 Kansas Sampler Festival, an event designed to provide the public with a sample of what Kansas is all about.

The Kansas Sampler Foundation, Marci Penner said they were excited to bring the festival to Wamego’s “picturesque” city park.

Penner said Wamego is the smallest town to play host to the event.

Wamego went through an eight-month process including a preliminary application, final application, site visit and interview before being designated as the ninth community to host the festival, the only event of its kind in the Midwest.

The festival will take place the first weekend of May in Wamego city park and ball fields to the east.

The festival started as an open house for Mil and Marci Penner’s first Kansas guidebook in 1990. Eight thousand people attended in 1997, the final year to be on the farm. Since then it has moved around the state every two years.

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