The 27th annual Kansas Sampler Festival - which will showcase more than 150 Kansas communities - will be May 7-8 in Winfield's Island Park.
Towns from Kansas City to Elkhart, St. Francis to Pittsburg will offer day-trip suggestions and promote their Explorer Tourism attractions. Displays in large tents show what to see and do in particular counties or regions.
For instance, Lindsborg will have its Swedish Flat Plane Wood Carving, music from a harpist and visitors can try their hand at the Swedish game of Kubb.
Also, Hardtner's Pake McNally will showcase the art of blacksmithing. Folks can also pet the baby pack goats and Mammoth donkeys from Council Grove's Paradise Ranch.
Two Kansas product tents will feature such things as Parson artist's Kat Kaufman's Steampunk jewelry. Dale Family Farms - a Comanche County ranching operation - will have beef, summer sausage, beef sticks and jerky.
Bierocks, grilled mac and cheese sandwiches, bison hot dogs, fruit kabobs, homemade ice cream, salad in a parmesan cheese cone, Mexican gelatins and Scottish sausage are just a few Kansas specialty items served by 20 food vendors.
"Island Park is set to be the perfect backdrop for this big Kansas celebration," said WenDee LaPlant, Kansas Sampler Foundation assistant director. "It's a lovely setting where visitors can discover the best that Kansas has to offer including art, scenic drives, specialty shops, attractions, events and so much more. It's guaranteed that no one will leave this park without being amazed at all that Kansas has to offer."
Earlier this year, the foundation announced that 2017 would be the last year for the festival. A new format, "One Big Kansas Road Trip" is now being planned with assistance from communities, tourism organizations and members of the Kansas Explorers Club. Details about the new festival will be announced in 2017.
Festival hours are Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children 7-12.
For more information about the festival go to or call (620) 221.2420.