- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Three southern Kansas counties will be the focus when a longstanding festival goes on the road next year.

The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/2pWr0Fh ) reports that the Great Kansas Road Trip will encourage Kansans to travel the first full weekend in May to a certain region of the state. Next year’s festival will highlight Barber, Kiowa and Comanche counties.

The traveling event will replace the Kansas Sampler Festival, which sought to give people ideas for day trips. It included crafts, food, musicians, artists and dancers.

Kansas Sampler Foundation executive director Marci Penner says the road trip will get Kansans onto back roads where they can eat in local cafes, talk, shop and get to know the locals.

Stopping points will include Greensburg, which was hit by an EF-5 tornado 10 years ago.

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


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