Lt. Gov. Sherrer visits the Sternberg Museum during whirlwind visit to Kansas tourism sites

HAYS, KS -- Kansas Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer, who also serves as secretary of the Department of Commerce and Housing, visited Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History during an ambitious road trip this week through 55 counties and across 1,750 miles of Kansas.

Sherrer and Claudia Larkin, director of KDOC&H's Travel & Tourism Development Division, visited 45 attractions during the Tourism Tour 2000.

Sherrer and Larkin visited the Sternberg Museum for about 30 minutes at 8 a.m. Thursday. They met with university officials, museum officials, representatives from the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau, and other invited guests.

The tour will average nine tourist attractions each day. "It is definitely a challenging schedule," said Sherrer. "The average tourist wouldn't travel at this pace, but our goal is to highlight as many attractions as possible. The tour will show that Kansas is full of authentic and wonderful travel experiences. We want to make Kansans aware of the great things to see and do in Kansas."

Larkin pointed out that this summer is an especially good time to visit destinations in Kansas. "This is an ideal time for Kansans to explore Kansas," said Larkin. "With high gasoline prices, an in-state vacation will be an especially good value this summer."

This is the first time a Kansas lieutenant governor has literally gone "on the road" for a week to showcase Kansas tourism.

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