K-State Extension Food Safety
4-H Events and Food Safety

4-H CloverCounty and state fairs give consumers the opportunity to compete against each other in many cooking, baking, and food preservation categories.  Because fairs are held in the summer months, it is important to use good food safety procedures and select safe recipes for judges to evaluate.  Here are some tips to have a safer fair.

Kansas State University

Judging jellyNational Center for Home Food Preservation

Food preservation is a great way to preserve home garden produce and enjoy them during other times of the year.  To preserve a safe product, it is important to follow researched methods of food preservation.  This also applies to fair exhibits.  Here are some tips on what judges look for in home preserved foods.

Kansas Department of Agriculture

Fairs bring a lot of people together for fun, food, and more.  While food service operations are temporary at county fairs, they still must operate in compliance with guidelines from the Kansas Department of Agriculture.  Here are some useful resources.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Fairs and festivals are a great time for children and adults to interact with animals.  Animals are carriers of many bacteria.  After handling any animal it is important to wash your hands thoroughly, especially before eating or handling food.  Here is some information to help visitors have a fun, yet safe experience at the fair.

pets Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Illnesses have occurred when people handle animals at fairs whether they are in petting zoos or in livestock competitions.  Here is some information to help fair organizations prevent illnesses from happening.