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August 29, 2012
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Record Number of 4-H Exhibits Expected at 2012 Kansas State Fair

4-H to Host Giant Bake Sale, New Project Experiences Introduced on K-State Day, Sept. 9

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Kansas 4-H is expecting a record number of entries 11,489 to date at the 2012 Kansas State Fair, Sept. 7-16.

Each has already earned top billing at the local level to qualify for exhibit at the state level, said Sarah Laib, who is serving as Kansas 4-H events coordinator.

More than 10,000 of the 4-H exhibits will be judged in 4-H Centennial Hall, and a majority of those will be on display, said Laib, who is based in the state 4-H office in K-State Research and Extension on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan.

One exception is the 4-H foods projects. Display space is limited, and that means representative samples of top foods in each category will be selected for display; remaining entries will be sold after judging to benefit 4-H International Youth Exchange (IFYE) Programs.

The giant bake sale, to be held in Centennial Hall, will begin at 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 7, and continue until the building closes at 9 p.m. The sale will resume when the building opens at 9 a.m. Sept. 8, and continue until all foods are sold.

Activities in the building are ongoing and demonstrations on a variety of topics, such as tying a tie and making a healthy snack, are scheduled each weekend. Demonstrations illustrate 4-H projects, and provide an opportunity for 4-H members to share their knowledge and practice a 4-H staple -- public speaking.

This year, on Sunday, Sept. 9, which is designated K-State Day at the Fair, 4-H will introduce “Project Experiences,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Youth are invited to try out a geology dig; science experiment; judging contest; sew a bag or T-shirt scarf, or make a decorative plant rubbing.

Visiting 4-H Centennial Hall is recommended for families considering youth development opportunities, said Beth Hinshaw, K-State Research and Extension 4-H youth development specialist.

“Seeing the variety of projects and the variety within each of the projects is helpful in making choices,” said Hinshaw, who advises families to begin by choosing one or two projects, and adding more as interests grow.

Kansas’ 4-H Centennial Hall is located at the north end of the fairgrounds. The activities inside are free. The building is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 8-15, and from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sept. 16.

More information about Kansas 4-H is available at K-State Research and Extension offices throughout the state, and online.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Nancy Peterson
K-State Research & Extension News

Sarah Laib is at 785-532-5800 or slaib@ksu.edu; Beth Hinshaw is at 620-669-3888 or bhinshaw@ksu.edu