Thousands gather for Kansas Sampler Festival in Wamego

WAMEGO, Kan. (KSNT) – The opportunity for the small city of Wamego to host the 25th Annual Kansas Sampler Festival is big, especially for business owners around the state.

Carrie Vansickle owns a business out of Newton that sells home-made peanut butter, granola, peppernuts and many other things.

“Every dollar that we spend to get here and be here is worth it. I suppose we double or triple that value easily,” Vansickle said.

Long lines filled every corner of the Kansas Sampler Festival. Some refer to it as a gold mine for business owners but others like Marci Penner, who started the event sees it as a chance to be educated.

“I knew we were going to have a big day when the tents opened at ten and saw that at 9:45 they were packed already,” says Penner. “That was a good tell and what makes me feel good is that all these people are here because they want to know about Kansas. They’re all feeling good about that and all learning a lot so nothing could be better.”

Wamego is the smallest city so far to host this major festival and with hotels booked the city expects to roll in nearly a million dollars in economic impact. But locals like Catherine Dunn-Matthews couldn’t be happier.

“I know that all small towns are probably struggling like everyone is and this has just got to be gigantic for Wamego,” Dunn-Matthews said.

Vansickle said after bagging items one after another she realizes it’s all about expanding her business.

“It’s got a value that we just can’t price.”

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