Countdown to the Kansas State Fair

A host of activities involving Kansas 4-H, now in its 100th year.

Published on: Sep 6, 2006

Time flies, when you're havin' fun.

While it hardly seems as if a year has passed since the Kansas 4-H Centennial kicked off at the 2005 Kansas State Fair, state 4-H officials will be staging a closing Centennial celebration Sept. 9 at the Lake Talbott Stage (near 4-H Centennial Hall on the fairgrounds), beginning at 10 a.m.

"Kansas' counties and Extension districts have been invited to send a past and present – or future – 4-H member to participate in the ceremony, intended to reflect 4-H opportunities and pass them on to future generations," said Steve Fisher, 4-H Centennial chairperson.

Following the ceremony, clover cookies and K-State's Call Hall ice cream will be served in the fairgrounds' 4-H Encampment Building. County historical 4-H displays in Dillon Activity Hall (also in the Encampment Building) will be open for viewing from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.(Sept.9).

4-H Centennial Quilt Complete: Auction Scheduled
It's green, fit for a queen – and can be yours.

The one-of-its-kind commemorative 4-H Centennial quilt will be auctioned to the highest bidder during the Kansas State Fair Auction Sept. 16 in the Farm Bureau Arena, beginning at 4 p.m.

The 91x92-inch queen-sized quilt features 4-H Centennial quilt blocks entered in the 2005 Kansas State Fair, said Jean Clarkson-Frisbie, coordinator of the quilt-making effort.

Clarkson-Frisbie, who is the Kansas State University Research and Extension agent in Pratt County, said, "The finished product exceeds our expectations."

Susie Young, former 4-H'er and an award-winning quilter, has stitched the 4-H pledge – 'I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world' – in the quilt borders."

Marilyn Glenn, former Kingman County Extension agent, and Janice Wood, former 4-H member and retired Pratt High School home economics teacher worked with Clarkson-Frisbie to assemble – or "set" – the quilt.
The 4-H Centennial quilt will be on display in the Domestic Arts building, beginning Sept. 8 and continuing up until it is moved for the auction. Proceeds from the quilt auction will go to the 4-H Centennial Hunger Project and Kansas State Fair.

Visit to 4-H Centennial Hall Offers Rare Glimpse of State
To see Kansas like never before, 2006 state fairgoers should plan to spend an hour or two in 4-H Centennial Hall Sept. 8-17.

The 4-H building, which is at the north end of the fairgrounds, will be chock-full of prize-winning 4-H projects, including museum-quality geology and insect collections that offer an unusual perspective on Kansas' landscape, said Diane Mack, Kansas State University Research and Extension's northeast area 4-H youth development specialist.

Hundreds of award-winning photographs detailing Kansas through a child's eyes also will be on display, she said.

"Exhibiting at the Kansas State Fair is a privilege that is earned," she said. " 4-H'ers first must first earn the top awards at their county fair."

Mack, who is managing 4-H food entries this year, said there truly is something for everyone in the 4-H building, simply because there are so many different 4-H projects.

Visiting 4-H Centennial Hall also can be helpful for families who are considering youth development programs and opportunities, she said.

For starters, Mack recommends choosing a project or two to allow youth time to explore a new interest and build skills.

4-H Centennial Hall is open daily during the Kansas State Fair from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., with the exception of closing day, when the exhibit release starts at 6 p.m.

More information about educational 4-H programs is available at K-State Research and Extension offices throughout the state and on 4-H's Web site

4-H Centennial Hunger Project Still Accepting Donations
A year ago, Kansas 4-H kicked off its 4-H Centennial food drive, an effort to raise awareness about hunger in the state by encouraging 4-H'ers to collect non-perishable foods for local food pantries and kitchens, to plant a row for the hungry, volunteer to work at charitable food sites, and raise money to buy foods for such community sites.

To date, more than 3,442 youth have participated, said Karen Walters, who has maintained the project report data base Kansas State University Research and Extension's southeast area office.

Walters said that so far 10,373 cans of food, 2,029 pounds of produce and $2,798 dollars have been collected and donated in the state.
4-H'ers also have contributed 3,337 hours of gardening or working in local food banks, pantries or kitchens.

"Some have been creative, trick or treating for non-perishable foods instead of candy, for example. Some challenged other 4-H clubs to see who could collect the most foods in a given time. Some were even foregoing a holiday gift exchange to stock the local food pantry, instead," Walters said.

Project reports will continue to come in through Sept. 17, the close of the 2006 Kansas State Fair and 4-H Centennial Celebration.

Donations (cash or a check) will be accepted during the Fair at the information booth in 4-H Centennial Hall. Donations also can go to 4-H Centennial Hunger Project, Attention Karen Walters, Kansas State University Southeast Area Office, 308 West 14th Street, Chanute, KS 66720-2895.

4-H-FFA Wheat Plot Variety Contest Awards Ceremony Scheduled
Awards to top entries in the Kansas 4-H-FFA Wheat Plot Variety Contest will be presented at noon Sept. 9 in the Pride of Kansas Building on the Kansas State Fairgrounds, said Jim Adams, Kansas State University Research and Extension 4-H youth development specialist.

The annual contest, for which 4-H and FFA members track five or more varieties of wheat from planting through production and harvest, is one of the most challenging 4-H projects, said Adams, who coordinates the combined competition.

"Students who participate in the contest typically develop a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities in food production," Adams said.

Participating in the contest requires about a quarter acre of land, but living on a farm isn't a prerequisite. Some who choose the project may farm with a grandparent, friend or neighbor.

Partners in the educational project include the Kansas Wheat Office, Kansas Crop Improvement Association, and Kansas Grain and Feed Association.

Contest entry reports and wheat samples will be on display in the Pride of Kansas building throughout the fair. More information about the contest is available from Adams at 785-532-5800.