One of the cool things about going to conventions is that you see things you might never see otherwise.
A really neat one of those came Tuesday at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Farm Bureau in Manhattan when retiring KFB CEO Dan Yunk introduced someone special.
Most Farm Bureau members know Dr. Yunk is the author of the popular series of children’s books, “Kailey Ag Adventures” and “Milk Comes from a Cow.” But someone most folks had never met was the real-life “little red-haired girl” that is Kailey – Yunk’s now 12-year-old granddaughter who was in kindergarten when he first conceived of the idea of doing a book series.
Kailey Rawseo really is a “little city girl” who lives in the Kansas City suburb of Prairie Village and her granddad says really has spent her childhood learning a lot about agriculture and where milk really comes from her grandparents.
After Tuesday’s introduction, Kailey and Grandpa Dan spent some time in the hallway outside the meeting rooms signing books for attendees who wanted to buy a copy of the books or get an existing copy autographed.
Yunk said that he has been surprised by the success of the book, which has sold more than 35,000 copies all across the U.S. and in some foreign countries. He said he first read it to Kailey’s kindergarten class and will be reading it again next week to his youngest granddaugther’s first grade class.
“A bunch of Kailey’s cousins have been featured in the stories through the years,” Yunk says.
Kailey says it has been fun knowing that she is the main character of a book, though not a lot of people make the connection.
Dan Yunk has spent the last 13 years at the helm of the Kansas Farm Bureau administration. He is succeeded by Terry Holdren. He was honored with a dessert reception following the presentation of Kansas Farm Bureau awards on Tuesday night.