The mayor of Wagga Wagga, Australia, says the people of Leavenworth have big hearts and deep, compassionate souls.

The mayor of Wagga Wagga, Australia, says the people of Leavenworth have big hearts and deep, compassionate souls.

“The heart and soul of this city is the people,” Greg Conkey said.

Conkey and his wife, Jenny, were wrapping up a visit to Leavenworth on Wednesday.

Wagga Wagga is one of Leavenworth’s sister cities.

Jenny Conkey said she also will remember the people of Leavenworth.

Greg Conkey is the third Wagga Wagga mayor to visit Leavenworth since the two cities became affiliated in 1962.

The Conkeys have been visiting Leavenworth along with representatives of the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest competition.

Greg Conkey said he and his wife had planned to visit another sister city in China with Miss Wagga Wagga Zoe Martin and Community Princess Maddie Smith. But plans for this trip did not work out and the representatives of the Australian city came to Leavenworth instead.

The Conkeys’ visit comes after Leavenworth City Commissioner Nancy Bauder visited Wagga Wagga last year. At the time, Bauder was the mayor of Leavenworth.

The Conkeys arrived in Leavenworth on Saturday.

During their stay in Leavenworth, they visited City Hall, Fort Leavenworth and the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum. They also visited the Justice Center, a fire station and an industrial area of the city.

They also attended the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in nearby Bonner Springs.

They departed Leavenworth on Wednesday.

“It’s been a great experience for us,” Greg Conkey said.

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