The Kansas Sampler Foundation and the Grassroots Network present the first-ever Big Kansas Road Trip (BKRT). The BKRT will happen over the course of four days, May 3-6, 2018 and will take the place of the Kansas Sampler Festival. From here on out, each year the BKRT will explore towns, cafes, and attractions within a designated area of Kansas via scenic back-roads. This year’s adventure will showcase Barber, Kiowa, and Comanche county.
The goal of the BKRT is to encourage people to explore Kansas in a way that will help sustain communities. All the participants of the BKRT will explore one showcase area at the same time while making a difference to the local people and businesses, all while having fun! Anyone and everyone is invited to participate.
Watch the informational video here!
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN THE BKRT?
Explore, explore, and explore some more! There are so many places to go and so many interesting sights to see! Learn about the Kansas Barn Alliance and visit the Fromme-Birney Round Barn in Mullinville, eat at the historic Busters Saloon in Sun City, or see the world's largest pallasite meteorite at the Big Well in Greensburg.
With so many options, how will you know what to see and do? There are several places to get information, including the Event Guide which can be picked up at Cloud County Tourism. In addition, there will be schedules and options at information centers in each county seat.
Find them here:
Barber County: Red Caboose, U.S. 281 and Main, Medicine Lodge.
Comanche County: Heritage Park, New York and Main, Coldwater.
Kiowa County: The Big Well, 315 S. Sycamore, Greensburg.
Enjoy each community as it is and visit with the locals. Never before has the public been invited to explore three counties just to see and take part in each community. Each community in Kansas has so many special unknown activities or attractions. How are you going to find these hidden treasures? Engage! To get a unique perspective on each town, engage in conversation with small businesses, museums, town halls and with the locals at eateries.
Find added value. Nice tours and activities that make a different will be posted. Kansas Explorers along with Marci and WenDee, will rove the area to play “The Stump” game.
Admire and shop the pop-ups where local artists, musicians and entrepreneurs will be featured. Make an effort to spend your dollars locally and support small businesses as you travel to and through each county!
Bring your own lawn chair (BYOLC) events will appear in places like a volunteer fire department, the main street of a small town, and maybe an aisle in a grocery store. Bring your own lawn chair, hear the local story, and ask questions.
Eat like a local at restaurants, cafes, soda fountains and bars where you’ll find plenty of their specialties on hand. Not only will you enjoy delicious food, but you will be supporting small businesses! #WinWin
Create your own Explorer Quest in every county. Play golf, find veterans memorials, see chainsaw art, eat pie (definitely do this one), tour each courthouse, see movies in vintage theaters, and visit historical museums. While you’re visiting each place, be sure to use the hashtag #bigkansasroadtrip.
Dare to do dirt on your way to BKRT. That's right, prepare to see the beautiful Kansas countryside! Those who love scenic back roads will have endless options in the Red Hills and High Plains.
Win the scavenger hunt. Zigzag the region using clues and be the first to cross the finish line! Examples might be to cross two cattle guards, stick your toes in three lakes, buy $18.61 worth of groceries, teeter-totter in four towns, and so on and on.
Use the 8 Rural Culture Elements to see Kansas with new eyes. The 8 elements are: Architecture, Art, Commerce, Cuisine, Customs, Geography, History and People.
If you’re interested in joining the BKRT, visit bigkansasroadtrip.com for more information, directions and all the latest developments.