Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Sampler Fest Coming to End in '17

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Sampler Fest Coming to End in '17

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The annual Kansas Sampler Festival will come to an end in 2017, organizers announced Monday.

Winfield will host the final two years of the event on May 7-8, 2016, and again in 2017.

"It's exciting to now think of the festival as part of a progression in helping share what there is to see and do," said Marci Penner, director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation. "We have some ideas for what is next and will start that conversation in January."

In 1990, Penner and her mother, the late Mil Penner, hosted a book-signing party on a family farm near Inman. Representatives from about 30 places included in the new "Kansas Weekend Guide" gathered under a tent, and about 1,000 people attended. The success of the event led to the creation of the Kansas Sampler Festival. …

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