The Kansas State Fair begins this Friday and one place anybody headed there with kids in tow will want to make put a visit to Agriland high on their "to-do" list.
The exhibit is in the Pride of Kansas building and offers kids and adults alike a chance to learn about Kansas's largest industry: agriculture.
Returning visitors will note that this year the exhibit is spruced up with white picket fencing, made possible by four family owned businesses in southeast Kansas, including Crossland Construction, Lair Farms, Piqua Petro Macha Enterprises and LACO Seamless Guttering.
Kansas State Fair Board member Virginia Crossland-Macha was instrumental in securing the funding for the improvements and expressed her excitement for upgrading the fair exhibit.
"This is a wonderful way to showcase Kansas agriculture and to share with children the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives," she said.
Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman said Agriland provides the setting for young and old alike to learn more about agriculture firsthand and interact with those who raise crops and livestock.
Agriland teaches fairgoers about where food comes from
"Agriland provides fairgoers a fun, interactive opportunity to learn about where our food comes from and how it is produced," Rodman said. "The exhibit is a great place for families to learn together about the role farmers and ranchers have in the production of food, fiber and energy for consumers in Kansas and around the globe."
Visitors to Agriland will have the opportunity to milk Blossom, a mechanical cow. They also can learn about livestock feed rations and touch different Kansas-grown grains.
Agriland is a collaborative effort of the Kansas Beef Council, the Kansas Corn Commission, Kansas Cotton, the Kansas Dairy Association, the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, the Kansas Soybean Commission, the Kansas Sunflower Commission, Kansas Wheat, the Soil Tunnel Trailer, Kansas Agri-Women and the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
Agriland will be open Friday, Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 7 through Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; and Sunday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information about Agriland, check out the exhibit's Facebook page or contact Beth Riffel, Kansas Department of Agriculture associate director of communications and events, at Beth.Riffel@kda.ks.gov or 785-207-4966.