- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A spring festival in Kansas is planning to take its fun on the road starting in 2018.

The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/1K7Ln8n ) reports that the Kansas Sampler Festival of the state’s products, music, food and places will travel from city to city in 2018.

Director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation Marci Penner said that the festival would travel to the regions and communities of Kansas that festival attendees often see on brochures they collect.

“Instead of a food booth, you could eat in the actual cafes,” she said. “Instead of picking up a brochure about Crazy R’s, you eat at Crazy R’s. Instead of hearing about the Arikaree Breaks, you have a guided tour. Those are the perks of doing something like this.”

Crazy R’s Bar and Grill in Goodland is known for its excellent homestyle cooking, prime rib and steaks.

The Arikaree Breaks is a rugged landscape of canyons, caves, valleys, creeks and mesas in Kansas’ far northwestern corner.

“Our job is to inspire travel in Kansas, so let’s actually do the travel,” she said.

Penner said the new format of the festival could include pop-up businesses in abandoned buildings, entertainers from different communities and itineraries for visitors to structure their trip.

Penner said that if it’s a success, the idea could spread to a road trip two or three times a year.

The Kansas Sampler Festival will be in the same format it has used in for nearly three decades in Winfield this May and in 2017.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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