The 65th Annual Pawnee Fry will be held on Monday at the Pawnee Acre Community Building located four miles north and three miles east of the U.S.-156 and K-23 junction, in northeast Finney County. The evening will begin with a meal at 6:30 p.m., that includes calf fries, ham sandwiches and all the trimmings.

Following the meal, there will be a "Cowboy Poetry" featured program. Leonard Hitz and Company will be the entertainment for the event.

For several generations, the community building has served as a gathering spot for residents in Finney and surrounding counties. The structure itself was moved from the former Dodge City Air Base in the late 1940s, and over the years has evolved into a modern facility for numerous community gatherings. Monthly card parties, dinners, ladies clubs and, yes, even for the men to hold their calf fry meals once known as the Pawnee Stag. For 65 years, the local friends and neighbors have joined in hosting the Pawnee Fry, a unique social dinner and educational meeting, in cooperation with the Finney County Extension Service.

The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670 or Larry Scott at (620) 855-3371. Reservations are not required.

Southwest District Sheep School

Kansas State Research and Extension Office of Jetmore will have a 2013 Southwest District Sheep School Program at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the 4-H Building in Jetmore. A complementary supper will be served.

Speakers are as follows:

* Dr. Brock Kerr, Dodge City, Veterinary Clinic, AI Technology & Demonstration

* Stan O'Neil, Pfizer, Sheep CIDRS

* George Eakin, Osborne Industries, Sheep Technology Automation

* Question and answer session by Dr. Brian Faris, KSU sheep production specialist

* Dr. Justin Waggoner, KSU SW Extension livestock production specialist

Please contact DeWayne Craghead, Hodgeman County Extension agent, at (620) 357-8321, or Barrett Smith, Kiowa County Extension agent, at (620) 723-2156,

Upcoming events

* 2013 KSU Swine Profitability Conference: Feb. 5, in forum hall of the K-State Student Union. Registration fee of $30 per participant is due Monday. Brochures and registration information are available at For more information, contact Jim Nelssen (785) 532-1251,

* Kansas Junior Swine Producer Day: Feb. 16, in Weber Arena on the K-State campus. This highly interactive, hands-on educational event will be a fun-filled day of activities in which youth, parents, swine project leaders and adults can increase their knowledge and experience of swine production and management practices. Registration is due by Feb. 1 and will receive a K-State Show Pig Guide, Skillathon practice, T-shirt and lunch.

* KSU Cattlemen's Day (previously known as Livestock Feeders Day): March 1. Make plans now to come to KSU Cattlemen's Day and help celebrate 100 years along with the dedication of the new Stanley Stout Center and the Legacy Sale. Complete program and registration information will be coming soon to For more information, contact Jim Drouillard,, (785) 532-1204 or Dale Blasi,, (785) 532-5427.

4-H Livestock Super Saturday

Finney County Extension is sponsoring a Livestock Super Saturday, for those interested in beef, sheep, swine, meat goats, horse, rabbits and chickens. Topics presented will be about animal selection, basic nutrition, animal health, animal environment, animal husbandry (what to expect at a show) and family involvement.

This program is for anyone interested with their youth in the 4-H livestock project as well as 4-H members and parents. The workshop is designed to benefit 4-H families in the livestock programs, as well as those who are thinking about getting livestock for a project.

Pre-registration for the sessions is needed to better facilitate setup for the event. Register online at or call the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670 or email There also will be a free lunch provided during the noon hour. Participants will need to indicate in registration if they will be staying for the free meal.

The Livestock Committee members planning and organizing this workshop are interested in helping youth and families with their livestock project.

4-H projects

* 4-H Shooting Sports Project: Meetings are set for Sunday, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the West Pavilion on the Finney County Fairgrounds. For more information, call the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670.

* 4-H Sewing Saturday Clothing Project: Meeting on Feb. 16. Meetings are for any 4-H member enrolled in Clothing Construction. For more information, call the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670.

* 4-H Photography Project: Meeting on Tuesday. Meetings are for any 4-H member enrolled in the Photography Project. For more information, call the Finney Coungy Extension Office at 272-3670.

Kansas 4-H Scholarships

The Kansas 4-H Scholarship applications are due Feb. 1. The application form can be found on the Finney County Extension website,, and the Kansas 4-H website, Online form is fillable and printable. Complete applications are due in the Department of 4-H office, Kansas State University, before 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. A complete list of scholarships are available at the Finney County Extension Office.

Walk Kansas

Now is the time to mark your calendar and get ready to dust off your walking shoes.

K-State Research and Extension has announced March 17 to May 11 as the dates for the 2013 edition of Walk Kansas, its annual eight-week fitness challenge.

The springtime offering has become a perennial activity with many in Kansas, said Sharolyn Jackson, state program coordinator, who noted that the team approach is appealing because the goal is shared.

Walk Kansas challenges teams of six to log regular physical activity equivalent to walking the 423 miles from the state's east to west borders.

Choosing to do it together allows team members to do something that most could not do alone, said Jackson, who noted that the program, which will begin its 12th year, is intended to encourage inactive individuals to add enjoyable, health-promoting physical activity to their everyday lives.

And for teams who prefer a greater challenge, Jackson suggested options, such as walking across the state and back, or around the state.

K-State Research Extension Finney County is the front-door source to your everyday questions for information and knowledge. Every question is of value to you and us. Give us a call at 272-3670, or better, walk in our front door at 501 S. Ninth St,, for information to help you make a better decision.