Teresa Huffman, Marion County economic development director, and Cheri Bentz, Leadership Marion County president from Tampa, were two of more than 250 exhibitors that attended the 22nd annual Kansas Sampler Festival in Leavenworth on May 7-8, to help the public know what there is to see, do, hear, taste, and buy in Kansas.
More than 7,500 people attended on a bright and sunny weekend.
Marci Penner, director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation said, ?This event represents such a positive perspective of Kansas. The public comes through the gates hungry to discover a new view of the state and they find 150 communities, big and small, ready to deliver the message that Kansas has a lot to offer.
?It?s also impressive to watch local volunteers do whatever it takes to stage the event and make it run seamlessly.”
This was the fourth year Marion County has placed their booth in the Flint Hills Tent.
Huffman said, ?The Marion County Lake and reservoir are always promoted, but what people that attend the Sampler Festival are looking for is an experience outside of water activities so we heavily promote our county wide events.
?It?s also fun to have a booth in the Flint Hills tent so we can decorate with a saddle and a Western theme. It really drives people to our booth.?
The festival is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation whose mission is to preserve and sustain rural culture.
The festival moves every two years and in 2012 and 2013 it will be in Liberal.