The Garden City Telegram

Finney County Fair just around the bend

Finney County Fair just around the bend

The 122st Finney County Fair will be held July 23 to 26, with lots of static exhibits and livestock exhibits, a variety of food vendors, daily children's entertainment, Hedricks Petting Zoo and affordable nightly entertainment for all families. For family fun at the fair, check out the Fair Book at Open class division is open to any person in Kansas. There are no pre-entries for open class, except for livestock, horse, poultry and rabbits. Entries are due the day the division entries are listed to be received.

Fair books will not be distributed this year, but division information, rules and guidelines are available at or at the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St.

The Finney County Fair is approaching fast, and that means it is time for the judging of 4-H Clothing Construction, Buymanship and the 4-H Fashion Revue. This is an excellent opportunity for 4-H members in clothing and fashion revue projects to have their projects judged and exhibit their work. Judging for the revue will begin at 8 a.m. July 15 at the Finney County Fairgrounds 4-H Building.

Finney County 4-H members will have the opportunity to walk the runway at the Finney County 4-H Fashion Revue Public Show. The revue is 7 p.m. July 15 at the Clarion Inn / Samy's Spirits and Steakhouse Ballroom, 1911 E. Kansas Ave. The public is invited to attend the 4-H Fashion Revue and support the 4-H girls and boys participating in the show.

Additional 4-H and open class pre-fair events judging include: 4-H Home Environment, Home Judging, 9 a.m. July 17; 4-H Talk & Demonstration Judging Contest, 1:30 p.m. July 18 at the 4-H Building; 4-H Pet Show on July 19, 8:30 a.m. (check-in), 9 a.m. (judging) at the 4-H Building; Open Class Youth & Adult Pet Show on July 19, 10 a.m. (check-in) with judging following the 4-H Pet Show judging at the 4-H Building; Fair Superintendents Training, 5:45 p.m. July 21 at the 4-H Building (with meal); Finney County Fair set-up July 21, immediately after the 6 p.m. workers' meal.

Garden problems

Are you scratching your head and wondering what happened to the garden of your dreams? Come get some answers to your problems at "Mid-Summer Garden Headaches: Now What?" hosted by Finney County Extension. The informative meeting will begin at 7 p.m. July 17 at the Finney County Master Gardeners Community Garden located next to the Kansas State Research and Extension Finney County office, 501 S. Ninth St.

David Coltrain, Finney County Extension agriculture and natural resource agent, will point out interesting production practices and problems all gardeners could encounter in Finney County. Earlier in his professional career, Coltrain produced and marketed up to 60 acres of vegetables every year. His experience in growing vegetables can make you a more successful gardener. Please come with your questions and get your answers.

Ag Day Tour

Finney County Extension hosted the first annual Ag Day Tour recently. Participants really enjoyed the tour, according to surveys. Almost 100 percent enjoyed the tour so much that they responded "most likely" to encourage others to attend next year's tour. All participants thought the tour was very useful, and they gained a great deal of knowledge about the two agribusinesses visited — Bonanza Bioenergy and Royal Farms Dairy. Those attending the tour ranged in age from their 20s to 70s.

Here are some of the comments from those attending this year: "Very informative, great tour of local ag businesses, hopefully many more"; "I loved it! I learned information I would never have learned"; "I thought this was awesome"; "Great opportunity, thank you"; "Very worth the time!"

Plans are under way for next year's Ag Day Tour. Finney County Extension is making a list of people that might attend next year. If you want to be included or need more information, call 272-3670.

Wheat harvest update

The 2014 wheat harvest continues to struggle along. Every year in farming is different. But 2014 will go down as one of the most unusual wheat growing years ever. It is not that often a wheat crop is so hurt by extended drought and then hurt more by rain and hail.