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Thousands of Kansans get to sample Osage County at annual state festival

Kansas Sampler visitors advertised Osage County and Osage City all over the festival grounds with these catch-all bags given out by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce Saturday.



People from all over Kansas were able to sample Osage County this weekend during the Kansas Sampler Festival, held at Wamego. Situated between tulip beds in Wamego City Park in the Northeast Kansas tent, representatives from the Osage County cities of Burlingame, Carbondale, Lyndon, Melvern and Osage City showcased their towns to the estimated 10,000 visitors expected over the two-day annual event.

Manning booths on Saturday were, for Osage City – Gail and Jim Lohmeyer and Tara and Dave Azwell; Melvern – Jane and Ken Yocum; Lyndon – Julie and George Stutzman; Carbondale – Alice Smith, Albert Sherwood and Kevin Richardson; and Burlingame – Christi Droege and Carolyn Strohm. Other volunteers from each community helped man and prepare the exhibits.

According to, the primary purpose of the Kansas Sampler Festival is to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in the state. The festival is rotated to another location every two years to give exhibitors statewide exposure, to give the public in every part of the state a chance to experience the festival, and to give each host city a chance to showcase themselves to a statewide audience.

Finishing up today, the festival will be at Wamego again next year on May 2 and 3, 2015.


Osage City’s Kansas Sampler booth was manned Saturday by, from left, Gail and Jim Lohmeyer and Dave and Tara Azwell.


Julie and George Stutzman, right, tell some Kansas Sampler visitors about Lyndon and “The Gateway to the Lakes”.


Carolyn Strohm, left, and Christi Droege showcased Burlingame in the Osage County section of the Northeast Kansas tent.


From right, Kevin Richardson, Alice Smith and Albert Sherwood answer questions about Carbondale from one of the many visitors in the Northeast Kansas tent.


Ken and Jane Yocum helped tell thousands of visitors at the Kansas Sampler Festival about life in Melvern.


Tulip beds, like these in front of the Northeast Kansas tent at the Kansas Sampler Festival, adorn Wamego City Park, highlighting one of the town’s unique features.

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