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Showcase Counties for 2020 Big Kansas Road Trip Announced

On Sunday, May 5, at the Kansas Explorers Club meeting it was announced that the showcase counties for the third annual Big Kansas Road Trip would be Brown, Doniphan and Nemaha counties of northeast Kansas. The event will take place May 7-10, 2020.

The announcement was made during this year???s Big Kansas Road Trip (BKRT) that took place May 2-5 in the northwest Kansas counties of Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace. The inaugural BKRT was held in Barber, Comanche and Kiowa counties.

The Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation created the BKRT after ending the 28-year Kansas Sampler Festival.  Foundation director Marci Penner said, ???The purpose of the BKRT is to help the public get to know Kansas communities of every size. All we ask of the communities is to be good at being themselves.  It???s like a big, tri-county open house.???

In late April, the Kansas Sampler Foundation staff of Penner and WenDee Rowe met with representatives from the three northeast counties. Penner said, ???The purpose of that meeting was to explain what was required and to confirm interest. We asked those attending to keep the information quiet until the official announcement.???

Penner and Rowe will be coming to each county later in the year to explain how the event will work and what needs to be done. The duo co-authored the Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers after researching every incorporated city in Kansas. ???We love what these three counties have to offer, ???said Rowe, ???and know the public will love exploring this area.???

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Contact: Marci Penner, 620.960.0552,