July 9, 2020
RE: Big Kansas Road Trip rescheduled for May
FROM: Kansas Sampler Foundation
Contact: Marci Penner, firstname.lastname@example.org; 620-585-2374
Local contact: Leah B. Johnson, email@example.com; 785-985-2235
Big Kansas Road Trip rescheduled to May
The Big Kansas Road Trip (BKRT) that was to take place in Brown, Doniphan and Nemaha counties in September has been rescheduled for May 6-9, 2021.
The Kansas Sampler Foundation of Inman made the announcement after a meeting with local leaders. Foundation director, Marci Penner, said, “Everyone on the call was able to express their opinions. We were all sad about pushing the event to May but we unanimously felt like it was the right thing to do for the communities, the public, and the success of the event.”
Originally scheduled for early May of 2020, the BKRT was postponed until September due to Covid-19. Penner said, “We’ve had to reschedule twice now and that is hard on everyone concerned. We fully intend to hold the event next May, in some fashion, no matter what. The people, businesses, attractions and scenery in these three counties deserve the best event possible. We will do everything possible to help make that happen next May.”
Leah B. Johnson, Doniphan County Economic Development Director said, “If you are hosting an event or attraction and have changes or questions, please let me know. Otherwise, keep your BKRT magazines and we'll see you here in May."
The BKRT is a project of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation and operates like an open-house. The communities in the three counties are asked to simply be good at being themselves. The public is then invited to roam at their own pace to eat, buy, explore and visit locally in order to get to know the people and places.
Brown, Doniphan and Nemaha counties would be the third trio of counties to be showcased in the Big Kansas Road Trip series. In 2018 the public explored Barber, Comanche and Kiowa counties. In 2019, Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace counties were featured. The BKRT replaces the long-time Kansas Sampler Festival as a way to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, eat, and buy in Kansas.
For updates and more information, go to www.bigkansasroadtrip.com. Local leaders are Linda Duesing and Connie Werner in Brown County; Leah B. Johnson in Doniphan County; and Kylee Luckeroth, Gina Murchison, and Cindy Alderfer in Nemaha County.