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FCS Judging Contest

The 2022 Kansas State Family & Consumer Science (FCS) Judging Contest will be held at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson at the 4-H Encampment Building (Dillon Hall).

When: Saturday, September 17, 2022

Who: Participants can only register as a team. Individuals are not permitted to enter this contest. Each team must have at least 2 members and no more than 4 members. Efforts will be made to accommodate participants in multiple State Fair 4-H events.

  • Youth ages 9-13, as of January 1 of the current year, are eligible to participate in the Intermediate division. 
  • Youth ages 14-19 as of January 1 of the current year, are eligible to participate in the Senior Division. 

Registration fee: An entry fee of $15 per team (2-4 people) 

Registration Deadline: August 15, 2022

Contest Details:

There will be three components to the contest:

  1. Class judging and reasons for selected classes (Individual)
  2. A hands-on immersion activity (Team)
  3. A presentation inviting the team’s perspective in response to the situation presented on the day of competition. (This will be presented before a judge.)

All cell phones and other communication devices must be turned off while participating in the contest. Spectators will not be allowed. 

Awards:  Rosettes will be presented to the top two teams in each age division. The first-place team in each age division will be eligible to take an educational FCS related trip, for reimbursement, up to $200. Additional prizes may be awarded.

Scores and contest winners will be shared at 3:30 p.m. in the Encampment Building Auditorium. Contest packets will be returned to teams after the results are announced or distributed through Centennial Hall.

















Family and Consumer Sciences Judging Contest

Video overview of the 2020 State Fair FCS Contest


The 2020 FCS state fair contest will include three components:  1) judging classes 2)a Group Think and 3) a hands-on puzzle room experience. For 2020, intermediate youth will have classes from five topics and seniors will have six topics. The categories that will be used for both age divisions are carry-on luggage, fast food, ground transportation, place settings, and wearable technology. The seniors will also have brewing coffee as the sixth topic. These categories are chosen from the same list that the Western National Roundup uses for their contest. All local units are encouraged to review the study guide assembled by the Western National Roundup available here: http://www.westernnationalroundup.org/rules/january2021/FCS%20CDM%20Study%20Guides%202020-2022%20(Jan.%202021%20&%20Jan.%202022).pdf

The judging classes will be based on the previously mentioned categories. The Group Think activity is modeled from the Western National Roundup. In this activity, youth work as a team to come up with a solution to the challenge presented. Here are some YouTube examples from states that are currently using this as part of their contest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_c23gHcWlM & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ldvcx_UktY. There will also be a puzzle room experience which will involve the group working together to solve a series of puzzles.

Please refer to the 2020 State Fair book for updated rules.



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