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Students can learn how agriculture touches their lives every day–from the food they eat to the clothes they wear–through hands-on activities at Agriland in the Pride of Kansas building. They can weigh themselves on a livestock scale, milk a cow, drive a combine, and learn about the soil under their feet. Agriland is located in the Pride of Kansas building, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Related Lesson Plans: Located at (Provided by Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom). For more information contact: Robin Blume, Kansas Department of Agriculture (785) 564-6756 or

Ag Passport

With the Agriculture Passport, students make their way in scavenger hunt style through the birthing center, the milking parlor, various animal exhibits, and the FFA Agriculture education exhibit. Hitting all the stops results in a prize at the Education Center (formally the Do Art Building). The Agriculture Passport can be picked up at the Education Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or printed in advance by downloading here.

Barn Tours - Moo U

All ages
Featured again this year will be guided barn tours. Each tour will last roughly 45 minutes, and will walk your students through the world of poultry, rabbits, beef, dairy, sheep, and swine. The guides can adjust the tour to meet the needs of a wide age range of students. Barn tours will start in front of the Livestock Annex at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, Noon, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm , 6 pm.

Birthing Center - Celebrating 25 Years
All ages
The Birthing Center is presented by Kansas State University and Kansas Veterinary Medical Association and is located at 20th Ave. and Fort Scott Blvd. The birthing center offers a unique experience for students to learn about the miracle of life. Since its debut in 1994, young and old have made the birthing center a must see at the Kansas State Fair. Students can learn about the birthing process, as well as gain insights about animal agriculture, veterinary medicine, and responsible pet ownership. Newborn calves, lambs, goats, and piglets are always a hit and can help your students better understand life cycles and food production. The Birthing Center is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information contact: Megan Kilgore, KVMA.

Dr. Goddard's Lab
All ages
Dr. Goddard’s Lab is an interactive show that uses live rocketry demonstrations to teach students about force and propulsion, as well as early history of rockets. The lab is presented by the Cosmosphere International SciEd Center and Space Museum, and is named after Dr. Robert Goddard, an American engineer credited with creating the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket, which he successfully launched on March 16, 1926. Times of Operation: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 2:00 p.m. For more information contact: The Cosmosphere Education Department: 620-662-2305 X 323

Electrical Safety Demonstration
Intermediate grades
This demonstration is located in the Ad Astra Pavilion. Journeyman linemen with the Kansas Electrical Cooperative provide a high-voltage demonstration on how electricity works that will energize students of all ages. Participants will learn how to tell when a line is energized, see what protective gear linemen use and why, and find out happens to a person who comes in contact with an energized line–as well as why electricity arcs and why birds can land safely on power lines. This popular demonstration runs every 15-to-20 minutes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information contact: Shana Read, KEC, 785-478-4554 or email

Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
Preschool and elementary
The petting zoo is located at 20th Ave. and Fort Scott Blvd. This 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! Open from 10:00 a.m. until dark For more information contact: Joe Hedrick, 620-422-3296.

Farm Bureau Ag Central
Preschool and elementary
Farm Bureau’s Ag Central is a fun place for kid’s of all ages to visit during the Kansas State Fair. Located in Ad Astra Pavilion 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! Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information contact: Debbie Hargrave, KFB Member Benefit Director, 785-587-6118,

Ferris Wheel ABC
Preschool and early elementary
The Kansas State Fair is filled with wonder–and words that start with every letter of the alphabet. Ferris Wheel ABC is a fun and creative word game, where students can excitedly search the fairgrounds for items that begin with each letter. When they complete their game cards, you can swing by the Education Information Center to grab a prize. Download a printable copy of Ferris Wheel ABC here.

FFA Agriculture
All ages
The FFA Agricultural Education Building features activities that appeal to a variety of students. FFA representatives provide live, educational demonstrations and hands-on educational activities that help students learn more about Kansas agriculture. As a bonus, this is the home of the grand champion 4-H/FFA beef, sheep, goat and swine. The FFA Education Building is open from 8:30 a.m. until dark, and each visit takes roughly 15 minutes.

Intermediate grades
If you think food is the only thing that comes on a stick at the Kansas State Fair, you haven’t seen Math-on-a-stick. This fun learning exercise helps your students explore the fairgrounds through the lens of mathematics, angles, and simple machines.
Pick up Math-on-a-stick game boards at the Education Center in the Oz Gallery, or download and print here. Your students will be asked to identify and record acute, right, straight, and reflex angles, which can be found throughout the Fair. Additionally, the game encourages students to identify simple machines, like wedges, screws, and pulleys. Once completed, students will be able to turn in their game board for a prize.

Milking Parlor
All ages
Your students will love watching the milking demonstrations, where they can witness first-hand how milk makes its way from the farm to their table. This live exhibit is narrated by a local dairy professional, who can walk your students through the milking process, the life cycle of a dairy cow and answer all the questions your class might have about milk’s journey to their homes. 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.Demonstrations are daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. Related Lesson Plans: "Milk Moustache Photo" Grades 3-4. Provided by Kansas Ag in the Classroom

Pollinator Gardens and Passport
Go on a scavenger-like-hunt to discover how important pollinators are to agriculture and the many products we use as consumers. Visit all four pollinator gardens full of native Kansas wildflowers and grasses, and then turn in the passport at the Education Center (formally the Do Art Building) for a prize.

Poultry and Rabbit Barns
Preschool and elementary
The poultry and rabbit barn is a popular stop for students of all ages! Filled with more than 2,800 coops, features a wide variety of poultry and rabbits. Your students will be amazed at the different shapes, sizes and colors–and they will find a lot to talk about as they see all the different varieties of rabbits, chickens, pigeons, doves, and other poultry.

This structured lesson plan will give you the tools you need to help your students leverage their day at the Kansas State Fair to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Ag, and Math–all through the array of agricultural displays available.
These lesson plans are built for students in 2nd through 4th grade, and conform to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards–although they can be tailored to meet your needs for your specific class and lesson planning.

Science Passport

With the Science Passport, students make their way in scavenger hunt style through science-related activities and exhibits. Hitting all the stops results in a prize at the Education Center (formally the Do Art Building).
Sponsored by the Cosmosphere International SciEd Center and Space Museum.

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 from Noon to 1:00pm

Cost: Free

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.

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

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!

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