HOW TO ROAD TRIP

2023 SHOWCASE COUNTIES - JEWELL, REPUBLIC & SMITH COUNTIES

Join us May 4-7, 2023 in these beautiful north central Kansas counties. We'd love it if you would use the hashtag #bkrt23 when you post pictures of your trip on social media. Contact information for each county can be found at the bottom of the home page. For other questions contact WenDee Rowe, Kansas Sampler Foundation, wendee@kansassampler.org or cell# 620.937.2101.



HOW DOES THIS WORK?

Since this is still a new event, there are questions about how it works. You are part of this historic and adventurous experiment. Thank you for taking part in the fun!

Just jump in your car and start exploring. Really. That’s it.  Create your own adventure.  Do what you want, when you want.

Caravan with friends or head out on your own. There is no organized tour. You’ll bump into other Kansas explorers throughout the three counties.  Enjoy each other.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO SEE?

When we pitched this new event to the the three counties, we told them all they had to do was just be the best they could be at being themselves. They didn’t have to invent any kind of activity or spend a lot of money hosting visitors. What has evolved has been amazing. A menu of activities that accentuates who they are has evolved and expanded since the list was first published in the "official” program guide so new ones have been added to an Updated Guide (available at Information Centers) and this website.

  • Choose from our menu items including EVENTS, ATTRACTIONS, SHOP STOPS AND RESTAURANTS. 
  • A print guide and digital version will be available mid-March.
  • It might be tough, but pick out the things you would like to see and do and start plotting your course on our map.
  • Look for the BKRT logo on yard signs throughout the towns and countryside to indicate participating places or to show you directions.

DOES EVERYONE CARAVAN FROM PLACE TO PLACE?

The BKRT is not a caravan. The idea is to go on your own, wherever you want, whenever you want. 

SOME THINGS TO NOTE

  • Bring lawn chairs.
  • Restaurants will serve until the food is gone.  
  • Gas up whenever you can.  Not every town has gas pumps.
  • It’s a courtesy to bring rolls of toilet paper and offer them to businesses that are opening their bathrooms.
  • When you post, use #BKRT22.

WHAT IF I GET LOST?

We understand that it can be easy to get lost on the back roads. If this happens, flag down a car, go to a farmstead, or call 620.937.2101 or 620.960.0552.

ARE THERE INFORMATION CENTERS WHERE I CAN ASK QUESTIONS AND PICK UP A PROGRAM?

Information centers will be set up at each county. Find them at this page.  (If the page isn't active yet, check back near the time of the event.)

HOW DO I SHARE MY ADVENTURES? #bkrt23

Share your pictures on your favorite social media page(s) and use the HASHTAG - #bkrt23. Follow the BKRT Facebook and Instagram pages to share your posts. Don't forget to use the hashtag!