Kansas Tourism Launches “To The Stars”


This year, Kansas Day will be a celebration of everything that makes Kansas special. Residents and visitors alike are invited to join in by posting their own tribute to the 34th state on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, on Friday, January 29, 2021. Kansas is recognizing its 160th birthday that day.

“The Kansas state moto “To the Stars Through Difficulties” lives beyond the state seal. It is the thread that connects the fabric of Kansas. The Kansas experience is a salute to the real, to the rowdy, to the wide-eyed wanderer. TO THE STARS.”

On Friday, the public is asked to choose your favorite Kansas location, person or attribute, and place it in the “To the _____” format. Then include an explanation of what Kansas means to you. Feel free to be creative and add pictures. Include the hashtag #ToTheStarsKS in all of your posts. For more information see Mitchell County Convention and Tourism Facebook page or homepage.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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