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The Kansas Sampler Foundation announced the recipients of the 26th annual We Kan...

Showcase counties for 2019 Big K...

More than 50 people gathered at the Kansas Explorers Club meeting in Greensburg ...

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.

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.

Big Kansas Road Trip

Big Kansas Road Trip

The showcase counties are Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace. The event will be held over four days, May 2-5, 2019.

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* denotes businesses offering specials during the BKRT. 
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Medicine Lodge

  • *Black Diamond Express, 310 N Iliff (HWY 281). Daily 5am-10pm. Happy Hour All Day during BKRT!
  • Hibbard’s Prescriptions Plus, 126 N. Main. Thur-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-12pm
  • Maker Mercantile, 225 N. Main. Thur-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 1-3pm.             Maker Mercantile is a one-of-a-kind shopping environment in historic downtown Medicine Lodge, featuring goods made by the human hand. We offer a wide variety of unique items including fine art, photography, textiles, ceramics, jewelry and apparel. Also find glass jars of Spring Creek Bee Farm's honey, as well as their line of beeswax products. Whether you need a special gift, are a discriminating collector, or simply want a memento of time spent in Medicine Lodge or the Gyp Hills, we can fill the bill. The lower level is a working ceramicist's studio.
  • Sweet P’s Boutique, 107 N. Main. Thursday 11am-6pm; Fri-Sat 11am-4pm
  • White's Foodliner, 225 S. Iliff St. Daily 7:30am-10pm. Find a selection of locally produced honey including Sand Plum Honey, but you'll have to wait until September to find that flavor. (Darn!) 


  • *Clark's Fabric Shop, 605 Main, 620.825.4985. Carol Meyer has been in business for 58 years and has lots of in-store specials for BKRT visitors. Find Fat 1/4's at $2 each and 108" wide quilt backing at $4 off per yard. Open all four days of the event. Thur-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-3pm and Sun 11am-3pm.



  • Angels Attic, 116 E. Main. Angels' Attic is a not-for-profit agency. The store is dedicated to serving the community with a friendly, inviting atmosphere with affordable, quality goods. Thur 4-7:30pm, Fri 10:30am-12pm and 1:30-6pm; Sat 9am-12pm; 1:30-6pm.
  • King's Corner, 411 S. Central. Sell homemade food items made by Nash Originals including jams, jellies, bbq sauce, cinnamon rolls, cookies and fudge. Thur-Sat 7am-7pm.
  • Main Street Pharmacy and Gifts, 113 E. Main. Thur-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm,           Sat 9am-2pm.


  • Speckles & Stripes Boutique, 215 N Broadway Ave. Thur-Sat 10am-7pm,        Sunday 12-4pm
  • Twisted Sisters, 104 W. Walnut. 3rd Annual 15% off sale.                                Thur-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 11am-3pm
  • Vintage Soil, 204 South Jefferson, Daily 10am-6pm. Come and shop all this seasons vibrant beautiful home grown plants and also shop cool vintage finds.
  • Worship Woodworks, 207 W. Walnut. Our company hand makes Christian educational material out of wood. We create all figures and materials to help  children visualize lessons from the Bible. Mon-Thur 8am-4:30pm, Fri 8am-12pm.



  • Kiowa County Care N Share, 207 S. Main. Thrift store, $1 off $5 purchase;           $2 off $10 purchase; $3 off $15 purchase, $4 off $20. Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-2pm
  • LaTerra Naturals, 118 S. Main. LaTerra Naturals carries all natural body care products, health supplements, fashion accessories, and gift items. We also carry Kansas artwork that we will be showcasing on May 3-5, and will be have them on sale for 25% off! This includes many sizes of canvases and coasters.                     Thur-Fri 1am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10am-1 pm.

  • Main Street Flowers & More, 112 S. Main. Storewide Sales, gourmet samples and drawings. Thur-Sat 10am-5pm
  • Where'dya Find That Antiques, 148 S. Main. Store Wide Sale 30% off plus additional discounts. Thur-Sun 10am-5pm.


  • *Headrick’s Plants & Pines, 315 N. Cherry. Ask for the Explorer Special!              Thur-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 12-6pm.