Butler County Times Gazette
  • El Dorado in running to host Kan. Sampler Festival

  • The announcement will be made by October 2014
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  • The city of El Dorado is hoping to be the host for the Kansas Sampler Festival in a couple of years.
    City staff have gone through the preliminary application process and have been chosen to move on to the final application.
    "It represents what is to hear, taste, see, do and learn in Kansas," said Jen Cook, city activities, sales and service manager.
    Primarily this is a travel show to educate the public about what every corner of the state has to offer. Kansas made products are showcased and sold in one tent and scattered throughout other tents. Kansas entertainers and historic performers take the stage at different venues. Food vendors sell Kansas ethnic or specialty foods.
    Last year the event drew 12,000 people to Wamego. Next year it will return to Wamego for the 26th annual event.
    In order to be considered, a community has to have a strong volunteer base and a lot of businesses on board to help out. Staff is proposing East Park for the event, as well as the Kansas Oil Museum grounds.
    They have letters of support from USD 490, Butler Community College and Pastor Andrew Conard, as well as having businesses express interest in being involved.
    If selected, the city would host the event the first weekend in May in 2016 and 2017.
    El Dorado is competing against Winfield to host the event next and the announcement will be made by October 2014.

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