El Dorado and Winfield will continue in the host selection process for the 2016 and 2017 Kansas Sampler Festival

The City of El Dorado and the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Tourism have received approval to continue in the host selection process for the 2016 and 2017 Kansas Sampler Festival.

El Dorado, Winfield and another Kansas city attended a festival host orientation meeting in January and were invited to fill out a preliminary application. Those applications have now been completed and reviewed.

Foundation director Marci Penner said, “After reading the applications, our committee has given the green light for El Dorado and Winfield to continue the process. They both did an excellent job. The next requirement is to fill out a final application which is due Aug. 28. The final step will be a site visit and interview. By early November we will announce the host for the 2016 and 2017 Kansas Sampler Festival.”

The festival is a project of the Inman-based nonprofit Kansas Sampler Foundation whose mission is to preserve and sustain rural culture. The Foundation initiates a process every two years to select the next host. Wamego is hosting the festival the first weekend of May this year and in 2015.

More than 150 Kansas communities will come to Wamego to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in Kansas.

The El Dorado Convention and Visitors Bureau will attend this year’s Sampler as a member of the South Central Kansas Tourism Tent.

The festival started in 1990 and was held on the Penner Farm near Inman through 1997. Since then it has been held in Pratt, Ottawa, Independence, Newton, Garden City, Concordia, Leavenworth and Liberal.

“The desire to preserve, sustain and grow rural culture is part of the foundation that El Dorado is built upon,” said Bill Young, El Dorado City Commissioner. “The governor has proclaimed El Dorado a City of the Arts, the only town in Kansas to bear such a distinction. From the Coutts Memorial Museum, to the El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame; from the State-of-the-art School Systems to the rich history contained in the Butler County History Center & Kansas Oil Museum, the heart of El Dorado sits comfortably within a perfect mixture of history, culture and vision for the future that exemplifies our City’s motto…El Dorado – The Fine Art of Living Well. I can’t imagine a better setting than the heart of the Flint Hills, El Dorado Kansas, to host the Kansas Sampler Festival. I am truly looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over our fine state and have no doubt that, before they leave, each one of them will love our small town as much as I do.”

The Convention and Visitors Bureau will continue to work on the festival application and hopes to hear positive news come November. The continued support of the community in efforts to host state wide events is greatly appreciated.