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Kansas Sampler

2016 We Kan! Awards announced...

The 24th annual We Kan! awards were announced May 7, 2016 at the Kansas Sampler...

27th Kansas Sampler Festival is ...

More than 8,200 people came to enjoy the weather-shortened version of the 27th ...

Popular Statewide Festival Comin...

The Kansas Sampler Foundation announced today that the long-time Kansas Sampler...

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!

ERV

ERV

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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Partners and roles

GET RURAL KANSAS PARTNERS

PARTNERS with the Kansas Sampler Foundation and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism are:

Amazing 100 Miles

Flint Hills Tourism Coalition

North Central Kansas Tourism Region

Northeast Kansas Tourism Connections

Northwest Travel Council

Solomon Valley Highway 24 Heritage Alliance

South Central Kansas Tourism Region

Southeast Kansas Tourism Region

Wetlands & Wildlife Scenic Byway

Wild West Country

As communities graduate, they will check a box to show which partner they are associated with.  If your organization features rural tourism and you're interested in being a partner, contact Marci at marci@kansassampler.org.


ROLE OF THE REGIONAL & NICHE TOURISM/HERITAGE ALLIANCES
(to be voted upon by regions)
  • Make contact with every town under 2,500 in your region about the ERK.
  • Help communicate the plan and improve the network. 
  • The regional groups should discuss a membership program or a way to include communities in their region.
  • Offer additional training to supplement the classes to help your members know how to research, write, and submit entries for the site.

ROLE OF COMMUNITIES

  • Initiate involvement by notifying your regional organization or Kansas Sampler Foundation (marci@kansassampler.org) of your interest. 
  • The main contact person must communicate through e-mail.
  • Find one person to attend the class.
  • Additional people may attend the classes.
  • Carry through with class assignments -- it will help your town!
  • Involve as many community members as possible. 
  • Have fun!

ROLE OF THE KANSAS SAMPLER FOUNDATION

  • Provide leadership.
  • Keep in contact with the advisory committee of Partners.
  • Shape project in a visionary manner that supports rural community viability.
  • Look for continued partnerships with the the state tourism office that would benefit all concerned parties and Kansas tourism in general.
  • Be responsible for organizing and designing the classes to move this project forward successfully and in a timely and logistically responsive manner.
  • Ultimately, in charge of the web site and other projects.
  • Be accountable for the $50,000 and comply with reports to the state.

ROLE OF KANSAS WILDLIFE, PARKS & TOURISM

  • Provide funding support of $50,000 for this rural tourism pilot project.
  • Provide technical or program support as is appropriate.
  • Be involved at certain times to educate rural communities about state programs.
  • Claim the rural initiative as a valued pilot project of KWP&T, Travel and Tourism division.