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Kansas Sampler

2017 We Kan! Award Winners Annou...

The 25th annual We Kan! awards were announced May 6, 2017 at the Kansas Sampler...

Public invited to Big Kansas Roa...

On May 6 at the final Kansas Sampler Festival, the Kansas Sampler Foundation an...

Kansas Guidebook 2 shares 4,500 ...

Co-authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe spent four years traveling to every one...

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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You will find lots to do in these "pop up" areas of the festival. You can pump yourself down a small section of railroad track at the Marshall County Railroad exhibit, interact with the "All Wether Marching Band" (the largest group of pack goats in the U.S.), see two of the largest "Mammoth" Donkeys around, watch artists create pottery and have your own pot raku fired and take home your creation the same day! Find out how to become a member of the Kansas Explorers Club, meet Marci Penner at "The Stump" and much, much more!
 


  • Bowker Arts, Arkansas City - Paintings, drawings, and sketches of Kansas' great scenery.
  • CateBow Creations, Winfield - demonstrating how to throw pottery using a pottery wheel.
  • Fell Arts 3D Creations, Winfield - Buy pre-made Raku pottery and glaze it on the spot. Your pot will be fired in portable trash-can kilns on site.  The finished pottery will be ready to pick up in approximately 1 hour.
  • Four Winds of the Past / Kansas Muzzleloaders, Wamego - Depicts the pre-1840s lifestyle of mountain men, buck skinners and Indian tribes, through the historic re-creation of a primitive camp, clothing and supplies.
  • Fulton Valley Farms Dash*Away Reindeer, Towanda - Live reindeer
  • Indescribubble, Manhattan - Bubble performers and a bubble machine for children's entertainment.
  • K & O Steam & Gas Engine Club, Winfield - Antique tractors and farm equipment on display, demonstrations.
  • Kansas Explorers Club, Inman - Find out about the Kansas Sampler Foundation, how to join the Kansas Explorer's Club, learn about the 8 Wonders of Kansas, We Kan Support; purchase the new Kansas Guidebook for Explorers 2, t-shirts and other "explorer" merchandise. The Stump, featuring Marci Penner, will be located next to the Explorers Club tent. The Stump is a four time a day question and answer game that gets lively and fast, with a chance to win great prizes donated by participating exhibitors.
  • Krystle Cole Fine Art - A pop up art gallery of colorful paintings by Krystle Cole of Wichita.
  • Marshall County Railroad Historical Society, Waterville - Visit with representatives from Waterville and the MCRHS about what there is to see and do there and jump on a free standing track and pump car and take a little ride.
  • McNally Metal Design, Hardtner - Blacksmithing demonstrations and selling hand made metal items.
  • Paradise Ranch Pack Goats, Council Grove - Pack goats and mammoth donkeys. See, learn, pet and appreciate these amazing animals.
  • Play Kansas DGC (Disc Golf Courses), Wichita - Learn the sport of disc golf and find out which cities in Kansas have disc golf courses.
  • Stone House Woodworks LLC., Winfield – Cedar furniture
  • The Tin Shed Fabrications & Designs, Clay Center - Recycle old farm metals found in Kansas and turn them into art and lighting. 
  • Walnut Valley Quilters' Guild, Winfield – Quilts on display and for sale