K-State Research and Extension News
August 30, 2012
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4-H Photos Offer Unique Glimpse of State


HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Visitors to 4-H Centennial Hall at the Kansas State Fair are encouraged to allow 30 -- or more -- minutes to tour the building.

“More is better,” said Rod Buchele, who is expecting more than 2,000 entries from 4-H photography project participants.

“A majority of the photos were taken in Kansas,” said Buchele, who said “viewing them will offer a unique glimpse of Kansas’ scenic landscape, people, places and events.”

Each of the photos must first earn a top award at a local fair to qualify for entry at the state level, said Buchele, who is a K-State Research and Extension area 4-H youth development specialist and state liaison for the photography project.

“Photography is one of the most popular 4-H projects, and it is one that often serves as the foundation for a lifelong interest,” said Buchele, who noted that the project also is one that teaches decision-making skills and the use of technology as youth learn the capabilities of their digital cameras.

Admission to the building is free. Visiting 4-H Centennial Hall is recommended for families considering youth development opportunities, Buchele said. “There’s something for everyone. The variety of the exhibits, even within a specific project, is inspiring,” he said.

The Kansas State Fair opens Sept. 7 and continues through Sept. 16; 4-H Centennial Hall is located at the north end of the fairgrounds.

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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
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Rod Buchele is at 620-275-9164 or rbuchele@ksu.edu