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Uplifting tradition: 4-H’ers soak up sights, sounds of Kansas State Fair

September 14, 2011


Butter sculptures, pig races draw crowds at Kansas State Fair

Douglas County 4-H youth compete at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson and other fair attractions like the 700-pound butter sculpture, carnival rides, pig races and foot-stomping cloggers are featured. Enlarge video

— On the first day of the Kansas State Fair, Chris Berg, 19, Lawrence, has already picked up four girls.

He says it’s tradition.

“We did it at the county fair and so we did it at the state fair,” Berg says.

Yes, he literally picked them up last Friday, as he’s done numerous times before. The girls were fellow Douglas County 4-H’ers, all competing in the market lamb show.

One of them, Taylor Stanley, 17, Baldwin City, could have used a lift after finishing second in a Hampshire lamb class.

“Waaaaaaaa,” moans Stanley after the close competition. “It was rough. I don’t know, it just put me down.”

Stanley took three lambs to the fair.

“I have one more left to show,” Stanley says. “I hope I do better with him. It’s tough.”

Grace Baxter, 12, Overbrook, not only entered steers in the market beef competition but also likes to take in the sights and sounds of the fair.

“I look forward to walking around and looking at the exhibits,” Grace says.

There’s a lot to see, including a 700-pound butter sculpture.

“I see a monkey with its tongue out, riding a lamb,” says Lucas Wert, Hutchinson, describing the refrigerated showpiece.

Nearby, a large crowd cheers at pig races, where four small swine circle a track.

“Man, oh man!” says the announcer. “It’s Lindsay LoHam at the finish line.”

When fair-goers get hungry, they can eat prime fillet alligator or deep fried Twinkies, both on sticks, while watching entertainment like the Kansas Kountree Kloggers, a chain saw artist or a comedic hypnotist.

But right now, Grace is two buildings away from her fellow Douglas County 4-H’ers and on her own as she pulls her 1,200-pound crossbred steer around the market-beef-judging arena.

“You have to hold their heads up and you scratch their belly,” says Grace about showing the animal and keeping it calm.

For Grace it’s just a little lonely this year.

“I have a few friends, but mainly they do sheep,” she says. “No cattle friends for me.”

The Kansas State Fair continues through Sunday.


Kristy Wempe Bellinger 6 years, 6 months ago

WAY TO GO HOLLY, EMMA, REILLY, CHRIS, TAYLOR and GRACE!! You make Douglas County Proud!!!

Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 6 months ago

I grew up in Hutchinson, and used to go to the fair every year. It was great. The animal shows, in particular, were fantastic. Hutchinson High was also a very good school. I'll never forget leaving Hutchinson for my first year at a scholarship hall (Pearson) at KU. But I always went back to the state fair, even when in college. Lawrence is a great town, but I won't forget the times we had in Hutchinson, when we would just go out to the Arkansas River for the afternoon and see what we could find. In looking at Wikipedia today, I never realized that the Arkansas River is the 6th longest river in the United States.

Alceste 6 years, 6 months ago

I suppose it's kinda like Santa Claus.

At the correct age you get to learn the dirty side of Agriculture.....the business side.....where you get real good at demanding and being given WELFARE. Some refer to them as price supports and price subsidies. $222.8 billion in subsidies paid from 1995 to 2010. Let's not even throw "crop insurance" into the mix.....

The USDA projects farm income to rise by 22 percent in the next year, following a decade that produced the five highest years ever for farm income. Household income on farms has exceeded the average household income for all Americans – and by an even greater margin, of all rural households – every year since 1996.

Subsidized agriculture’s appetite for taxpayer money is unabated, with fresh demands this year for farm disaster aid. Members of Congress of both parties from states and districts with commodity crop interests, backed by the powerful Ag lobby, continue to stave off real reform. The Congressional agriculture committees have twice rebuffed President Obama’s efforts to trim payments to wealthy farmers, and former President George W. Bush’s veto of the farm bill was overridden.

Kansas Summary InformationAverage annual payments

$26,895 $714

$14.5 billion in subsidies 1995-2010. $8.76 billion in commodity subsidies. $2.48 billion in crop insurance subsidies. $2.15 billion in conservation subsidies. $1.07 billion in disaster subsidies. Kansas ranking: 6 of 50 States

Here are the Top Ten for Kansas (and how much WELFARE they've received in subsidies between 1995 - - -2010:

1 Clawson Farm Partnership ∗ Satanta, KS 67870 $7,178,307 2 Whit-crop ∗ Leoti, KS 67861 $6,449,104 3 Winger Farms ∗ Johnson, KS 67855 $5,989,858 4 Rome Farms ∗ Hugoton, KS 67951 $4,931,592 5 Mckinney Farms ∗ Weskan, KS 67762 $4,248,747 6 Irsik Family Partnership ∗ Ingalls, KS 67853 $3,958,750 7 Rooney Agri Business ∗ Satanta, KS 67870 $3,915,551 8 Spring Creek Family Farms ∗ Wamego, KS 66547 $3,712,978 9 Fischer Irrigation ∗ Wright, KS 67882 $3,653,020 10 Brown Enterprises ∗ Sublette, KS 67877 $3,627,790

32 percent of farmers in Kansas did not collect subsidy payments - according to USDA. Ten percent collected 69 percent of all subsidies. Amounting to $8.29 billion over 16 years. Top 10%: $26,895 average per year between 1995 and 2010. Bottom 80%: $714 average per year between 1995 and 2010.

Take a look at where Kansas stands in paying rich people WELFARE:

Let's hope the FFA is making every effort to be part of that 32% of farmers in Kansas who didn't get any WELFARE from Uncle Sugar.

CreatureComforts 6 years, 6 months ago

Congrats, you beat merrill today for "most boring poster"

Wadde 6 years, 6 months ago

    "4H is great for lawrence it builds a better understanding of farm life to those who 
     live in the city.

TomKat 6 years, 6 months ago

Wow Alceste, thanks for a feel good picture of some local kids and putting your downer opinion in here! As with ALL government money some get more than others. These kids worked hard to get where they are at, the article doesn't state it, but they have been showing against each other since April and will continue to a show next week. This is what 4H is from all ages and different schools that WORK HARD but still PLAY HARD. Show some sort of respect for KIDS that are learning and working. Those top that you put in here are not from Douglas county...and if YOU think farmers are making BIG BUCKS for the work they do...I'm sure there are a lot of area farmers that would love to challenge you to see what you can do. Again...pull your adult panties on and maybe say congrats to these five kids!

Alceste 6 years, 6 months ago

Recipients of Subtotal, Farming Subsidies from farms in Douglas County, Kansas totaled $32,727,000 in from 1995-2010. That's $33 MILLION dollars for Douglas County alone.

Oh, you want the Douglas County WELFARE recipients.....glad to are the top ten:

1 Pine Family Farms Gen Ptn ∗ Lawrence, KS 66044 $1,122,989 2 Nunemaker-ross Inc ∗ Lawrence, KS 66044 $918,395 3 Guenther Bros Partnership ∗ Lawrence, KS 66047 $618,739 4 Neis Brothers Ptn ∗ Eudora, KS 66025 $613,439 5 Mark Neis Eudora, KS 66025 $602,900 6 Robert Gabriel Sr Eudora, KS 66025 $505,605 7 Crist Dairy Ptn ∗ Overbrook, KS 66524 $500,939 8 Triple B Farms Ptn ∗ Lawrence, KS 66049 $495,030 9 Rocking H Ranch Inc ∗ Berryton, KS 66409 $492,195 10 Kermit Kalb Rev Tr Wellsville, KS 66092 $486,200

Like I's kinda like Santa Claus....just exactly when do you tell the children what's what? When do you 'splain to little Debbie that Daddy's on the dole and the dole is a VERY vital aspect of wearing them Bobby Browns?

TomKat 6 years, 6 months ago

Again...thank you Alceste for being such an outstanding grownup and the pride of Lawrence. I'm sure that your name is on many donation lists for the youth of Douglas County. Do you know what it costs these families to have to feed you on a daily basis? And have you seen these families...they really flaunt their vacation homes and fancy cars. Way to smear your stupidity on agricultural. Sorry that you are so angry at life - maybe you could take a drive in the country to clear your mind...on the other hand.

Alceste 6 years, 6 months ago

Right. I get it. TomKat does not support nudie bars (see her previous posts) but does believe in Santa Claus. I understand the need to rationalize all those support payments and the shame of being on WELFARE. It'll all be ok....

Alceste 6 years, 6 months ago

Error. It SHOULD have read: "TomKat does not believe in nudie bars (see her previous posts) but does believe in Santa Claus."

Nudie bars do exist. Santa Claus does not.

WELFARE for wealthy farmers. Yum. Yum. Cost of production and price of product driven up by the absurd CORN business. Keep it up.

Pastor_Bedtime 6 years, 6 months ago

The only thing like Santa Claus here is your strong resemblance to the Grinch. Why don't you go back to gleefully reporting your neighbors' sidewalks and stray animals?

Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 6 months ago

TomKat, I agree with you completely! It would be good if city kids also had 4H activities. In many cases, each farm might take 2 city kids for a weekend every month, and they could also do the things farm kids do. They would learn a lot about farming, and where food comes from. It would also bring about a lot of new friendships.

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