Linenberger: Quite the sampling
I had nice conversations this weekend with people from Holton, Belleville, Sylvan Grove, Oberlin, St. John and Ness City, to name a few.
They all were in Leavenworth for the Kansas Sampler Festival, for which I was volunteering Saturday and Sunday, along with roughly 200 other volunteers. While tending to volunteer responsibilities, I had the chance to have conversations with a handful of folks, most of whom made a point to sing the praises of the sampler festival and Leavenworth.
With so many events going on in the area, I wasn’t sure how attendance would be Saturday. Lansing Daze in Lansing, Marble Days in Bonner Springs and races at Kansas Speedway. The activities in the area might actually have helped the festival, as Saturday’s attendance was higher. It’s hoped that attendance was favorable at the other venues also.
We could have done without that rain and hail that moved in Sunday afternoon, but thankfully the skies cleared up and the Sunflower State celebration was back on track.
The volunteer corps kept pretty busy throughout the festival. But when there was a little down time, I was able to catch an exhibit or two and some fare from the food court. Being of German descent, I thought a bierocks from Becky’s Bierocks of St. Francis was a must.
It was a wise decision.
They were so good I purchased a few in frozen form to take home.
On Sunday, I had to try a pork-bacon burger from Pachta Pork in Belleville. Again, I didn’t go wrong with that decision. It would have been nice to sample even more foods from the food court, but there was only so much time to galivant with volunteer duties.
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t extend a big thanks to my mother for helping volunteer while in town for the sampler festival.
I know she hopes to return for the sampler festivities next year, as do I — especially so I can meet more folks and catch even more glimpses of what our state has to offer.