County Fairs Bring Communities Together


Whether itโ€™s strolling through the various livestock buildings, looking at 4-H exhibits, going on carnival rides or eating all kinds of deep fat fried food, a county fair has something for everyone.

In Kansas, there will be more than 100 county fairs before summer ends. K-State Research and Extension Southeast Area 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw says the county fair is one of the oldest forms of community celebrations.

Hinshaw says the county fair also gives people the chance to do things they might not get to do at any other time of the year.

The county fair also provides youth an opportunity to showcase the many skills theyโ€™ve mastered this past year in the 4-H program and to get feedback on their exhibit.

Hinshaw says a lot of 4-H members spend multiple years in a certain project so that theyโ€™re able to grow in depth and master that project.

A complete list of county fairs can be found on the K-State Research and Extension website: Just click on โ€œcounty and district officesโ€ and the links โ€“ either by date or alphabetically โ€“ are at the bottom of that page.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.