Monday, May 5, 2008

Sampler Festival: A Great Weekend Celebrating Kansas!

Whew! Back from a full weekend of World's Largest Things at the Kansas Sampler Festival, in beautiful Concordia Kansas.

Don Robertson, Hastings NE, and Erika Nelson, Lucas KS, represented WLT Inc. to the approximately 6100 visitors, with a Kansas display of Large and Small. The booth featured images of World's Largest throughout Kansas, accompanied by the World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Thing. While the all of the stories are popular, the two Big-Small exhibits garnering the most comment were the World's Largest Cow Hairball (Garden City, KS) and the World's Largest Electric Shovel, Big Brutus (West Mineral, KS).

During the day, more background stories emerged from representatives of some of the communities that house a World's Largest Thing. For example: The World's Largest Cow Hairball arrived on the doorstep of the Garden City Historical Society with a chalk smiley-face drawn on by the slaughterhouse worker who 'rescued' the ball. It was found in the second stomach of the bovine, and weighed 55 pounds before it was dried out for display.

A challenge was also offered by one visitor, and accepted by World's Largest Things Director Erika Nelson. All World's Largest in Kansas will have a replica for next year's Sampler Festival, including a sectional model of the World's Largest Hand-Dug well.

It was a great weekend, bookended by stormy weather that tested the integrity of the new Mobile Display of World's Smallest Versions of World's Largest Things. Many return fans came up to tell their own World's Largest stories, and viewers of Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations were happy to see part of the display in person after seeing the WLCoWSVoWLT on TV. Thanks, one and all, for daring to Think Big!

Sincerely, Erika Nelson, Director
World's Largest Things, home of the World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum

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