Huffman among latest graduates of Kansas Sampler Festival program

Marion County was represented among the fourth round of rural communities that have graduated from the ?Rural Kansas: Come and Get It? classes conducted by the Kansas Sampler Foundation.

The instruction is designed to help promote rural communities in a collective and dynamic manner.

Teresa Huffman, economic development director for Marion County, was among the repre-sentatives from 11 people to participate in the two-day rural tourism course Sept. 23-24 in Winfield.

The two-day requirement included a three-hour exploration to surrounding towns followed by a debriefing.

Graduation makes a community eligible for a free community page on the ?Rural Kansas: Come and Get It? Web site, which is not yet available to the public.

Funded by a $50,000 grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce Travel & Tourism Division, the classes are free and are designed specifically for volunteer-led communities, though any size community may participate.

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