Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe of the Kansas Sampler Foundation continue The Stump tradition at the Big Kansas Road Trip. 

For 28 years, Marci Penner would bring a tree stump to each Kansas Sampler Festival location to stand on and then ask the audience questions about things to see and do in Kansas. The same rules apply this year. Those with the first correct answer will get a ticket, and at the end of the 15-minute game, someone will win a prize from a Stump Sponsor. It’s a fast and fun fifteen minutes! For the BKRT, the stump will make appearances in different areas of the three counties all four days of the event.  The annual Kansas Explorers Club meeting is also held during the BKRT. See below for more information.


Meet Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe of the Kansas Sampler Foundation and co-authors of the Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers. At The Stump, Marci will ask Kansas questions and 
the audience will answer.  In the end, someone walks away 
with a prize. Kansas guidebooks and Explorer swag will be 
available at The Stump, too. Big thanks to the prize sponsors!

May 5, Thursday
2pm - Historic Block House
Fort Scott (Bourbon Co.)
IN CASE OF RAIN the Stump will move to the Lowell Milken Center
Stump Prize Sponsors: 

May 6, Friday
10am - Courthouse grounds by the deer            
Girard (Crawford Co.) 
Stump Prize Sponsor - Girard History Museum, Girard

4pm - City Park
Bronson (Bourbon Co.)
Stump Prize Sponsor - Hays Convention & VIsitors Bureau, Hays

May 7, Saturday
10am - McCune Farm to Market
McCune (Crawford Co.)
Stump Prize SponsorChanute Area Chamber of Commerce, Chanute

1pm - Schermerhorn Park
3501 S. Main (south of Galena)
Galena (Cherokee Co.)
Stump Prize Sponsor - Galena Mining & Historical Museum, Galena
Stump Prize SponsorMi Torito Mexican Restaurant, Galena
Stump Prize Sponsor - Sweet Creek Diner & Bakery, Galena
Stump Prize Sponsor - Cars on the Route, Galena
Stump Prize Sponsor - Kansas Historic Route 66 Association, Galena

3pm - City Park
Columbus (Cherokee Co.)
Stump Prize Sponsor - Cherokee County Economic Development - Columbus

May 8, Sunday
10am - Franklin Community Park
Franklin (Crawford Co.)
Stump Prize Sponsors:
  • Miners Hall MuseumFranklin
  • Schreiber Explorer Crew #7180 in memory of Jerry Kissel, KE #4729



Sunday, May 8 @ 10am

Franklin Community Park, Broadway & Fifth, Franklin (Crawford Co.)

The Explorer Club Meeting will start off with THE STUMP with Marci Penner at  10am on Sunday, May 8 at the Franklin Community Park. We'll be selling t-shirts, BKRT car flags and the Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers..  You'll also be able to renew your membership or join the club! For more information about the Kansas Explorers Club click on the orange link above.

After the meeting visit the excellent Miner's Hall Museum and do some fun things* on the Longest Sidewalk Connecting Two Towns in the U.S. This Kansas sidewalk is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe it Or Not as the longest sidewalk connecting two towns in the United States. It was also a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs contest sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. 

*Do a cartwheel, form a line with others and kick your legs high, do a yoga pose, stand on your head, run as fast as you can, skip down the sidewalk, take a selfie with your group and tag it #bkrt2022