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AG PASSPORT: 5 Agriculture education stops throughout the Fairgrounds.
Join our agriculture adventure on the Fairgrounds to learn more about Kansas agriculture. Join in the fun by picking up your passport at the Education Information Center. Children that complete all 5 Ag Passport stops can show your completed passport to the Education Center in the Oz Gallery Breezeway to receive a prize.

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Experience Time: Approx.1.5 hours to complete all 5 stops. Stops can be covered over multiple visits/days.

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Anthea Bryant, Kansas State Fair or call 620-669-3607

AGRILAND: Located in the Pride of Kansas Building.
Children visiting Agriland will gain a hands-on experience to learn how Kansas crops and livestock provide us with food, as well as items we use in our everyday lives. Children can weigh themselves on a livestock scale, comparing themselves with the weights of various agricultural products. They can milk a cow, touch various Kansas grains, "drive" a combine, learn about soil, and much more! Volunteers are available to talk to the students about Kansas agriculture and answer any questions.

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Experience Time: Approx. 20 minutes.

Related Lesson Plans: Located at www.ksagclassroom.org (Provided by Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom)

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Robin Blume, Kansas Department of Agriculture (785) 564-6756 or robin.blume@ks.gov.

ART PASSPORT: 5 Art stops throughout the Fairgrounds.
Join our art adventure on the Fairgrounds to learn more about artists. Join in the fun by picking up your passport at the Education Information Center. Children that complete all 5 Art Passport stops can show your completed passport to the Education Center in the Oz Gallery Breezeway to receive a prize.

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Experience Time: Approx.1.5 hours to complete all 5 stops. Stops can be covered over multiple visits/days.

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Anthea Bryant, Kansas State Fair or call 620-669-3607

BIRTHING CENTER: Located at 20th Ave. and Fort Scott Blvd. Presented by Kansas StateUniversity and the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. Calves, ewes, piglets and chicks are born during the course of the Fair, and students can learn about this amazing process and may, at times, get to hold the baby animals. Video cameras, television monitors and a P.A. system help students in all areas of the Center to see and hear what's happening in the pens. The Birthing Center is staffed with K-State veterinary students who are very willing to share information with school groups. There are also educational displays identifying animal sections.

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Experience Time: as long as you want

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Megan Kilgore, KVMA.

CREATIVE AG CONTEST: Located in the Oz Gallery. Sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of Kansas

The Creative Ag Contest is an opportunity for students to educate Kansas State Fair visitors on the importance of Kansas agriculture in a fun, innovative way. With multiple medium options, students in grades 5-12 will be able to practice or enhance their artistic, writing and speech skills.

Students are to submit one creative essay, video and/or one visual arts piece on the importance of agriculture in Kansas. The submitted piece must educate visitors and showcase the importance of Kansas agriculture to the consumer’s daily life. Consider technology, agriculture history, innovation, agriculture leaders, crops, livestock, and biotechnology.

The contest is free to enter but entry deadline is September 1, 2017.

For more information contact: Anthea Bryant, Kansas State Fair or call 620-669-3607

DO ART BUILDING: Located at the corner of Lake Talbott Ave and Bison Blvd North of the Giant Slide
Each year over 4,000 children of all ages create masterpieces at the Do Art Building. This program is free to the general public as well as school classes. The purpose of this program is to provide children an opportunity to explore art in a hands-on environment that increases self-understanding and personal enrichment. Your students will be provided with the supplies and assistance to complete their project. Reservations required for school classes. All children must be supervised by a responsible adult. School classes should have at least 2 adults per classroom in building at all times. The 2017 project is hand puppets. Please call for class reservations.

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Experience Time: 30 minutes

Cost: Free (Donations Accepted)

For more information contact: Anthea Bryant, Kansas State Fair or call 620-669-3607

FERRIS WHEEL ABC: Word Game

Look for words around the Fairgrounds that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Record one word for each letter on this Ferris Wheel game card by writing in your word on the spoke of the wheel. You can use words you read on signage, carnival ride names and concession menus, as well as words for the things you see, smell and hear. Be creative. If you get stumped on a letter such as “X”, you may use a word that contains an “X”. Show your completed game card to the Education Information Center located in the Oz Gallery Breezeway to receive a prize.

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Experience Time: Approx.1 hour to complete the game board.

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Anthea Bryant, Kansas State Fair or call 620-669-3607

GODDARD'S LAB: Located in the West end of the Do Art Building. (see location above)
Students experience the early research laboratory of the father of modern rocketry. Dr. Robert Goddard's live rocket science show is packed with surprises. Demonstrations highlight early experiments with solid and liquid fueled rocket engines. Dr. Goddard's Lab is brought to you by the Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum.

Times of Operation: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 2:00 p.m.

Experience Time: 30 minutes

Cost: Free

For more information contact: The Cosmosphere Education Department: 620-662-2305 X 323

EDUCATION INFORMATION CENTER: Located in the Oz Gallery Breezeway
The Education Information Center has everything you need for a fun educational day at the Fair. Pick up the game cards for Ferris Wheel ABC, Math-On-A-Stick, Art Passport and the Ag Passport as well as maps and other field trip information.

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Anthea Bryant, Kansas State Fair or call 620-669-3607

ELECTRICAL SAFETY DEMONSTRATION: Located East of Oz Gallery in Ad Astra Pavilion
Journeyman Linemen with the Kansas Electrical Cooperative will give a high voltage demonstration on how electricity works. Students will learn how to tell when a line is energized, what protective gear linemen use and why, what happens to a person when they come into contact with an energized line, why electricity arcs and why birds can land safely on power lines.

Hours of Operation: Running every 15-20 min from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday - Friday

Experience Time: 15 minutes

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Shana Read, KEC, 785-478-4554 or email sread@kec.org

EXOTIC ANIMAL PETTING ZOO: Located at 20th Ave. and Fort Scott Blvd.
Interactive global animal education in one exhibit. Students will be able to see and learn facts about animals not native to Kansas. Short descriptions are provided on each animal. This is an interactive area where children can touch the animals, including kangaroos, goats, ostriches and zebras. Remember, after petting the animals to Wash Your Hands!

Hours of Operation: 10:00 a.m. until dark

Experience Time: 15 minutes

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Joe Hedrick, 620-422-3296

FARM BUREAU AG CENTRAL: Ad Astra Pavilion
Farm Bureau’s Ag Central is a fun place for kid’s of all ages to visit during the Kansas State Fair. Visitors will have the opportunity to test their knowledge of agriculture as they hunt for ag trivia answers scattered throughout the exhibit. Those participating in the ag trivia game will be rewarded with a coupon for a free ice cream cone at the Dairy Bar. This year’s exhibit will feature an ag safety display, a Kid’s Corner to learn about livestock and farm equipment and a module to watch the growing cycle of wheat. More than 120 volunteer farmers and ranchers will serve as Farm Bureau Ag Central hosts throughout the 10-day state fair. The volunteers will be available to visit with kids about the crops they grow and animals they raise. What a great way to connect kids of all ages with the people who grow and raise the food they eat!

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Experience Time: Total 20 minutes

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Debbie Hargrave, KFB Member Benefit Director, 785-587-6118, hargraved@kfb.org

FFA AGRICULTURE: Located in the Agriculture Education Exhibits Building and KansasShowcase Bldg.
The FFA Agricultural Education Building features activities that appeal to youth. FFA representatives provide live, educational demonstrations and hands-on educational activities. Grand Champion 4-H/FFA Beef, Sheep, Goats and Swine will be displayed here.

Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. to Dark

Experience Time: 15 Minutes

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Kurt Dillon, Kansas FFA 785-296-3956

HIGH SCHOOL DEBATES: Located in the Encampment Building, Hansen Auditorium. Sponsored and presented by Kansas Wesleyan University
A grand tradition at the Fair are the High School Debates! The Kansas State Fair hosts an educational debate exhibition for High School debaters and debate coaches from around the State. Volunteers will be available to assist students and instructors.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Anthea Bryant, Kansas State Fair or call 620-669-3607

HIGH SCHOOL FORENSIC SHOWCASE: Located in the Encampment Building, Hansen Auditorium. Presented by Sterling College.
The Kansas State Fair hosts an educational forensic showcase for High School teams from around the State. Volunteers will be available to assist students and instructors.

Hours of Operation: Thursday 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Anthea Bryant, Kansas State Fair or call 620-669-3607

HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BANDS: Located in the Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena
A historic tradition at the Fair are the High School Marching Bands. The Kansas State Fair will host Middle and High School Marching Bands across the State.

Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday approx. 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Anthea Bryant, Kansas State Fair or call 620-669-3607

HIGH SCHOOL SPIRIT SHOWCASE: Located in the Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena.
The Kansas State Fair will host Middle and High School Cheer & Dance teams from across the State. This is a great opportunity for teams to demonstrate their talent as well as showcase their hard work and team effort. Spirit Showcase is sponsored by Attitudes Dancewear, Etc.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday at 3:30pm

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Anthea Bryant, Kansas State Fair or call 620-669-3607

KANSAS BOARD OF EMS: 219 Lake Talbott Ave, just North East of Domestic Arts at the corner of Lake Talbott Ave & Ft Riley Blvd.
It only takes three minutes to learn how to save a life. Students will learn how to do ‘”hands only” CPR. Students will be instructed on the proper technique and will practice “hands only” CPR on Mannequins. Additionally real emergency medical personnel are on site with their ambulances giving students an opportunity to explore EMS equipment and learn what EMT’s and Paramedics do every day.

Experience Time: 15 Minutes

Hours of Operation: Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

For further information contact: James Reed, Kansas Board of EMS, (785)640-4259

KANSAS HIGHWAY PATROL: Located in the Highway Patrol Building (next to the Lottery Bldg)

Learn about seat belt safety.

Experience Time: 20 Minutes

Hours of Operation: Daily 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

For further information contact: Kansas Highway Patrol office at 316-265-5644

KSDS ASSISTANCE DOGS, INC: Located in the Pride of Kansas Bldg along the North wall.
Learn all about how assistance dogs are trained.

Experience Time: 10 Minutes

Hours of Operation: Daily 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

For further information contact: 785-325-2256

KANSAS SQUARE DANCERS: Located at the Bretz Law Arena
Learn the art of square dancing. As our forefathers traveled across this wonderful country, they would stop their wagon trains for the night and in order to relax, they would get out the fiddle and the settlers would square dance with the light of their campfire. As they settled on the prairies everyone would gather together and have a barn rais'n with food and dancing. Over the years square dancing has changed and now we, as our forefathers did, get together and square dance. Where they had Big Circle Dances and couple dances, we have circle dances, line dancing, and couple dancing that is structured towards all ages, 8 to 88.

You will have the opportunity to join in the fun by doing a favorite line dance the "Cupid Scuffle" and then learn some of the Square Dance moves your forefathers did, but with modern square dance music. Square Dancing is good exercise, helps you in your coordination, teaches you to listen; understand; and execute the commands while having fun with your friends.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday, September 13th from Noon to 1:00pm

Cost: Free

KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE, PARKS & TOURISM AQUARIUM: Located North of the Expo Center by Gate 9
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks invites visitors to take a close-up look at an impressive assortment of Kansas fish. This 3,200-gallon fresh water mobile aquarium is 40-foot-long and filled with a variety of fish collected from lakes around the region. Wildlife and Parks staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Pratt Wildlife and Parks Office, 620-672-5911.

MATH-ON-A-STICK: Math Game

The Kansas State Fair has everything on a stick - even math! While you explore the Fairgrounds, identify different angles and simple machines that you see and log their locations on the Math-On-A-Stick game board. Game boards can be picked up from the Education Information Center located in Oz Gallery. Once you have found examples of all the angles and simple machines show your completed game board to the Education Center to receive a prize.

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Experience Time: Approx.1 hour to complete the game board.

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Anthea Bryant, Kansas State Fair or call 620-669-3607

MILKING DEMONSTRATIONS: Located at the Milking Parlor.
Come to the Kansas State Fair and see a dairy cow milking demonstration. The demonstrations are narrated by a professional from the dairy industry. The narrator will explain the life cycle of a dairy cow, the milking process, how much milk they produce, how much a cow eats and the many dairy products made from milk. The milking experience continues with a coupon for a free ice cream cone from the Dairy Bar, located under the Grandstand. (one coupon per child). Milking Demonstrations brought to you by the Kansas State Fair and the Kansas Dairy Association. Reservations not required.

Hours of Operation: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., Noon, 1:00 pm., 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.

Experience Time: 15 Minutes

Related Lesson Plans: "Milk Moustache Photo" Grades 3-4. Provided by Kansas Ag in the Classroom www.ksagclassroom.org

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Callie Unruh 316-772-1884

POLLINATOR GARDEN: Located by Gate 5
Students experience the wonders of a pollinator garden. Lean what pollinators are and how important they are to our food supply.

Times of Operation: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Experience Time: 15-30 minutes

Cost: Free

RUB - A - DUB - DUB, WHAT'S IN THE TUB: Located in the Agriculture Education Exhibit Bldg.

The times of the day when the Grand Drive animals are taken out of their fair homes and given a bath. Staff will discuss feed and care of the animal during their bath time. Students are given a chance to ask questions. The baths start 30 minutes before the pig races – 9:30 (hogs); 11:30 (sheep), 2:00 (goats); 6:30 steers.

Hours of operation: 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:00pm, 6:30pm

Experience Time: 30 min

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Mary Kane, Kansas FFA

SHEEP SHEARING: Located in the Sheep/Swine/Goat facility.
The Wonder of Sheep is a limited opportunity to learn about a product with many faces. Sheep shearing demonstrations, spinning and weaving demonstrations as well as the "Wool Exhibit" featuring sheep production, lamb, wool and wool-processing displays. A must see for all students.

Times of Operation: Saturday thru Wednesday 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Sheila Corn 620-960-1416

SPELLING BEE: Located in the Encampment Building, Kansas Fairs Hall
Can you spell leadership? The Kansas State Fair is proud to host the Kansas State Fair Spelling Bee! Students have the opportunity to compete with the best in the State! Practice all summer and come to the Fair and see how you rank. WOW! Wouldn't it be fun to take home the award and a check?

Times of Operation: Monday 9:00 am

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Anthea Bryant, Kansas State Fair or call 620-669-3607

YOU BE THE JUDGE: Located throughout the livestock facilities.
You be the judge program is a wonderful way for students to learn about different livestock animals, what products are produced from that animal and gives students an understanding of what is happening in the show ring. You Be the Judge informational sheets can be printed from our website for each of our livestock shows. These flyers explain what the judge is looking for in each animal, correct terms used to identify the specie, a diagram labeling the different body parts and a section where the students can participate in judging the animals in the ring. Give your students a chance to be the judge and see how well they do!

Hours of Operation: Refer to Official Daily Schedule of Events for livestock show times.

Experience Time: No time frame

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Anthea Bryant, Kansas State Fair or call 620-669-3607

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