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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

June 29, 2021

2021 Kansas 4-H State Wheat Expo in El Dorado, KS

Submitted by Deryl E Waldren

Join us for the 2021 Kansas 4-H Wheat Expo on Wednesday, August 11, at the Butler County Community Building in El Dorado. The 2021 wheat expo will be one of Kansas 4-H’s first face-to-face state 4-H events since COVID-19 shut down physical/face-to-face 4-H programming in March 2020. We are excited to bring the wheat expo back for a fun, educational and hands-on program in person for all Kansas 4-H members, siblings, parents, grandparents, and KSRE Extension staff. You do not have to be enrolled in crops/plant science projects to participate.

The Kansas 4-H State Wheat Expo is a wheat fun day showcasing all things wheat. For full information, visit https://www.kansas4-h.org/events-activities/conferences-events/wheat/index.html. Lunch and refreshments are sponsored, and tours will be available. Everyone will participate in the same tour with the group splitting into two equal groups, with each group then flipping to the other tour after about one hour.

1. MKC (Mid-Kansas Cooperative) elevator and facility tour, 2418 SW Butler Rd., Benton, KS 67017; 316-778-1181. This facility offers services in feeds, grains, and chemicals.

2. Varner Farms tour, 9769 SW Parallel St., Towanda, KS 67114; 620-752-3371, is a diverse farming operation with crops, hay, cattle, and a dairy goat herd. Family members produce and sell soaps and lotions.

There will be eight contests open to youth members with cash prizes and ribbons awarded. Classes include: (1) 1 lb. bin run for crops members; or (2) 1 lb. bin run for “adopt a producer;” (All wheat samples must be postmarked to KSU by July 20 so testing can be completed). Youth may bring multiple exhibits in Divisions 3-9. A maximum of two placings per individual in each division, 1-8 will be awarded. (3) 1 quart jar sample of cleaned wheat; (4) three standard yeast rolls; (5) three standard sized cookies; (6) three standard muffins; (7) wheat photography contest; (8) wheat educational posters and (9) Cloverbuds, (5-6-year-olds) with participation ribbons.

Cost will be $6.00 per person registration cost for using the CVent registration system. Registration is now open by visiting https://cvent.me/yq4nAo. Pre-registration will be required by Sunday, August 1, 11:59 p.m., to ensure an accurate meal count and for tour divisions. For additional questions or to get involved with the wheat expo planning committee, contact Deryl Waldren at 303-349-7403 or email him at dwaldren@ksu.edu.