Archive for Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Sampling Kansas

Baldwin City is part of Kansas Sampler Festival

October 4, 2000

Baldwin City will not only be represented at the Kansas Sampler Festival this weekend in Ottawa, booth organizers hope to win the "best booth display."

A lot of work has been put into the five booth spaces Baldwin City will occupy, said Diane Niehoff of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce. The booths will be located in the Northeast Kansas tent

"The people won't have any doubt the whole end of the tent is Baldwin City," Niehoff said.

Some of the more noticeable attractions will be a mounted bear and a wooden Indian from The Lodge, a railroad sign from Midland Railway, members of the Baldwin City Theatre performing excerpts from "The Music Man," and quilters working on a quilt to be raffled during the Maple Leaf Festival.

"We have gathered things that will attract people's attention," Niehoff said. "Our entire booth is in fall colors, because of the Maple Leaf Festival."

What the booth could use is more people. Niehoff said ambassadors are needed for two-hour time slots during the festival. For donating their time, volunteers will receive free passes to the festival. To volunteer, call the chamber of commerce office at 594-3200.

"The only qualification is that they are familiar with Baldwin, and what we have to offer, and will greet visitors with a friendly face," Niehoff said.

The festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ottawa's Forest Park.

The Kansas Sampler Festival is designed to provide the public with a sample of what there is to see and do in Kansas. More than 150 Kansas communities participate in the festival each year, promoting the virtues of their communities and regions. Kansas products will also be for sale and there will be live entertainment on two stages throughout the weekend.

"They will share tastes, sights and sounds of their communities and regions in an effort to inspire travel throughout the state," said Murray McGee, Franklin County Convention & Tourism Director.

Ottawa has been selected to host the festival this year and again in 2001.

Admission to the festival is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children age 7-14. Children under 7 will be admitted for free.

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