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Kansas Sampler Festival goes out...

The 28th and final Kansas Sampler Festival came to an end May 7 in Winfield's I...

Last Kansas Sampler Festival App...

The 28th, and final, Kansas Sampler Festival will take place May 6-7 in Winfiel...

Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers...

It took Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe four years to visit every one of the 626 in...

Kansas Explorer Club

Kansas Explorer Club

Members of the Kansas Explorer Club receive 5-6 print newsletters a year full of things to see and do that are off the beaten path.

We Kan!

We Kan!

The Big Rural Brainstorm will be held March 7 in Newton in 2016.

Kansas Sampler Festival

Kansas Sampler Festival

The 2016 Kansas Sampler Festival will be held on May 7-8 in Winfield at Island Park.

Rural Culture Elements

Rural Culture Elements

The 8 rural culture elements are: architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history and people! They help you see a place with new eyes.

8 Wonders

8 Wonders

Have you seen the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook? Let it guide you to all 216 Wonders!



Marci and WenDee, of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, are going to every (626) incorporated city in Kansas to research for the second edition of the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.

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The book is here! Order today or find it at these Kansas locally owned retail location.

Want to know where we'll be doing book signings and programs? Check out the latest schedule.
To request a program or signing please contact Marci Penner at marci@kansassampler.org.

The 28th Kansas Sampler Festival was held May 6-7, 2017 in Winfield. The attendance was 8,357! See ya on the road for the Big Kansas Road Trip, May 3-6, 2018 in Barber, Comanche and Kiowa Counties!


Learn more about our crowdfunding site, Project We Kan!


Our Cause: Preserving and Sustaining Rural Culture

The Kansas Sampler Foundation is a public non-profit 501(C)(3) organization.

buygenericmds.com here trusted pharmacy supplierOur mission is to preserve, sustain, and grow rural culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and by networking and supporting rural communities.

The cause is to keep every town viable that shows the will and spirit to help itself.

Please support us as you can.

Our Goals

To educate Kansans about Kansas

  • The Kansas Sampler Festival annually provides communities an opportunity to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in Kansas.

  • The Kansas Explorers Club inspires, educates and encourages the exploration and appreciation of Kansas...and to have fun doing it.

  • ERV (Explorer Research Voyage) is what we called our journey to every incorporated city in Kansas (all 626) to research for the upcoming Kansas guidebook.
  • The 8 Wonders of Kansas contests featured the eight rural culture elements and involves the public in getting to know Kansas.  Now, you can find all 216 entries in the contests within the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook.

To network and support rural communities

  • "Rural Kansas: Come and Get It" is a project to collectively promote rural communities by telling what we have and helping the world "get" us. We will begin classes after the guidebook is published.         
  • The We Kan! Network and newsletter connects rural community leaders and supporters statewide in efforts to strengthen towns at the grassroots level.

  • The We Kan Conference helps rural communities be the best they can be at being themselves.The Big Rural Brainstorm encourages people to think big about possibilities for their communities.

  • We Kan! awards are presented to ten recipients each year.

  • Explorer Tourism helps communities of any size attract explorer-types.

  • The Kansas Sampler Foundation acts as a clearinghouse of information for rural communities and often as a liaison with the media.