Big Kansas Road Trip lets locals, visitors experience western Kansas

SHARON SPRINGS — It was an informal gathering Friday morning on the steps of the Wallace County courthouse, one that exemplified the spirit of the Big Kansas Road Trip.

“Why don’t you just shout out your town,” Marci Penner, executive director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, said from her perch in front of the steps on a stool carved from a wooden stump.

Lee’s Summit, Mo. Pratt. Leawood. Goodland. Wichita. Hays. Garden City. Ashland. St. John. Seneca. Lawrence.

“We’re trying to create a culture in Kansas, a culture that’s two-sided,” Penner told the crowd of about two dozen.

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