‘What is wheat, Alex?’ Wellington makes ‘Jeopardy’

WICHITA — Shelley Hansel turned on her phone Friday shortly after her plane touched down with the intent of calling a friend for a ride.

Instead, the executive director of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau was met with insistent dings of messages alerting her to big news for her city.

“Wellington was one of the questions on ‘Jeopardy,’” Hansel says of Friday’s show. “It was so hilarious.”

The statement was: “The amber rolling fields of Wellington, Kansas make it this grain ‘capital of the world.’”

“That would be, ‘What is wheat, Alex?’” Hansel says.

She says she’s thrilled that her hometown was chosen for a question.

“You know you’ve made it.”

However, Hansel says, “What’s interesting is that’s actually somewhat incorrect.”

She says Sumner County has had the distinction of being the wheat capital of the world.

“Wellington just happens to be the county seat.”

Further, Hansel says she’s not sure if Sumner County can even claim the wheat capital distinction anymore. Not that she cares for “Jeopardy” purposes, though.

“It’s all how you spin it, sister. So I’m going with it.”

Hansel says she’s not sure how Wellington made it on the show.

“Somebody probably Googled ‘quirky capitals of the world.’”

Some wondered if she might be responsible.

“I wish I could take credit,” Hansel says.

“If I had that kind of power, I’d probably be doing a lot of great things like that,” she says. “It’s very cool.”