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2017 Kansas State Fair ∼ Kansas’ Largest Classroom
Scholastic Press Corps Video Competition
Participation Dates: September 11-15, 2017

– The school will produce a 4-minute video containing a minimum of three stories (detailed below) which focus on one day at the Kansas State Fair.

– The school can choose to produce a promotional video for the KSF or to create an extended news broadcast about that day at the fair.

– All interviews, filming and editing must take place at the KSF the day of competition.

– Each school is limited to 5 student participants.

As in past years, the videos must have a minimum of three stories which are explained below:

Story One: Schools will pick the topic for their lead story out of a hat on the day the school competes. This story must be the lead story (therefore it should be the first story in the overall video) and must be 90 seconds long.

Story Two (A change from last year): This will be an agriculture-related story. The topic will ALSO be picked from a hat on the day that the school competes. This story must be 60 seconds long.

Story Three: The school may choose the topic for this story, but it must focus on that day at the Kansas State Fair and must be based on interviews conducted that day with KSF participants or patrons. It should be an actual story with a beginning, middle and end, rather than 30 seconds of sounds and sights at the KSF or simple man-on-the-street interviews. This story should be 30 seconds long.

Remaining 60 Seconds of the total 4 minute video: This time can be used for an intro to the entire video and for a conclusion (outro) as well as optional footage of sounds and sights of the KSF or fun man-on-the-street interviews, etc.

The following illustration may help you visualize the intended project:


– Timing does affect the scores, so make sure the stories fit the times given above!

– Remember, the judges will not consider rolling credits as part of the 4 minute video length so the video should end at 4:00 before rolling the credits. It’s suggested that students go to black screen before rolling the credits.

– The Kansas State Fair logo and the 2017 thematic logo, Get Your Fair On, must appear during the opening/intro to the video. The logos will be provided.

– Prior to the 2017 Kansas State Fair, registered video schools will receive specific directions for formatting the finished videos.

– The finished video will then be copied to an external hard drive provided by the SPC for official submission. More specific details will be provided to registered schools in mid-August.

– We recommend Standard Definition because of time constraints, but will accept HD videos. Just keep in mind that HD video takes longer to render and transfer so if a school chooses to shoot HD, it must allow time for this. The same 6 p.m. deadline applies.

– Prior to the day of competition, the school should test the equipment that will be used while at the Kansas State Fair to make sure it is capable of rendering and transferring the video in the time allowed.

– A teacher must be available in the Scholastic Press Rooms throughout the day and is allowed to provide advice and suggestions to the students, but is not allowed to actually complete any of the work for the students, edit the stories, feed them questions to ask in interviews, etc. The SPC staff will also be working with your students during the fair and will have no impact on the judging. More specific guidelines will be provided to registered schools in mid-August.

– At the conclusion of the 2017 Kansas State Fair, each video will be sent to two judges (a change from past years) selected by KSF personnel. The two scores will be added together and the schools with the highest compiled scores will be named the winners.

Overall Awards:
• A large rosette ribbon and $100 is awarded to the Grand Champion video.
• A large rosette ribbon and $50 is awarded to the Reserve Grand Champion video.
• A Kansas State Fair Ribbon and $25 is awarded to the Third Place video.
• A Kansas State Fair Ribbon is awarded to the Fourth Place video.

Individual Awards:
• Ribbons will be given for the best announcer, the best lead story package, the best agriculture story package, and the Best Creative Use of KSF Logos. These winners will be chosen by a committee of Kansas State Fair personnel. The SPC staff working with you during the fair has no part in the judging.

– At the time of this mailing, a sponsor has not been secured for the Extra Challenges. If a sponsor signs on by August 1, the registered schools will receive details when the information packets are sent in mid-August.

– The cost to participate in this competition is $3 per student. For every four paid student gate tickets, one adult sponsor can get in free. Remember each school can bring a team of no more than 5 students to participate.

– Registered schools will receive further information regarding tickets, story assignments, etc. in mid-August.

– On-line registration will open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. A link to the registration site will be emailed to you by Monday, April 17, but the registration site will not be activated until 8 a.m. April 18. If you think your school’s system may block this email, thinking it is spam, please send Janet Hallford an alternate email by April 10.

Contact Information: Janet Hallford
Kansas State Fair ∼ Kansas’ Largest Classroom
Email with any questions.

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