Osage County communities on display at Kansas Sampler Festival

Gary Griffith, representing Osage City, talks with a visitor during the Kansas Sampler Festival.

By Dave Azwell

The Kansas Sampler Festival had its second successful event in Wamego on May 2-3, 2015, with over 12,000 people in attendance. The Osage City Chamber of Commerce had an active booth for the two-day festival as people from all around the state stopped by to find out more about the city.

The city was well represented by volunteers Gary Griffith, Wayne White and Janet Williams, Jim and Gail Lohmeyer, and Dave and Tara Azwell. The booth displayed placards on table easels with city information and events listed. A video, city brochures, various flyers and the new county guide were also displayed. Osage County was represented by Burlingame, Arvonia, Melvern, Carbondale and Osage City, which were located in the east end of the Northeast Kansas tent. It was easy to use the county guide as an informational tool with the five towns in close proximity.

A number of people were involved in the planning, set-up and presentation of the booth, including the Osage City Elementary School fifth-grade class, Kyleigh and Andy Lohmeyer, Byron Jordan, Rick Totman, Chamber merchants, and the city of Osage City, which supplied the striking red and white totes that could be seen all over the festival grounds on Saturday. The Osage County Herald-Chronicle and Osage County News provided local publicity for the event. There were probably others who helped behind the scenes, so thanks goes to all who made this a successful venture.

The next two years the Kansas Sampler Festival will be held in Winfield. The dates for next year are May 7-8. If you’ve never attended a Kansas Sampler Festival and you’re interested in learning more about Kansas, then it’s the place to go.


Greeting visitors at Osage City’s table in the Northeast Kansas tent on May 2 were Gary Griffith, Dave Azwell, and Jan Williams; back, Jane and Ken Yocum, representing Melvern.


Burlingame representatives Sara Worcester and Christi Droege greet visitors rounding a corner of the Northeast Kansas tent.


Community flags such as Carbondale’s marked stops along a miniature train track, with boarding under way, back, in Wamego City Park during the Kansas Sampler Festival.


Some of Wamego’s famous tulips in bloom decorate the entrance to the Northeast Kansas tent, left, where Osage County communities greeted visitors for two days.

Photos by Jan Williams and Wayne White.

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