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Updated 2020 State Fair Judging Contest Information:

Date of Contest: Saturday, September 19, 2020 Contest Open from 9 am to 9 pm 
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. 

The contest is open to all Kansas 4-H members in the 9-18 age bracket ONLY for 2020 - NO qualifying contest is required. There is not a limit on the number of participants a county may send.

Registration is due by September 15 using this link:

Study Guide to prepare for the contest  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

Contest Details:
● The contest will be offered in a virtual format. Specific contest details will be emailed to the participant at the email address provided during pre-entry.
● Virtual Contest will be held on Saturday, September 19. The contest will be available from 9 am to 9 pm.
● Contestants will participate as an individual instead of as a team for this year only.
● FOR 2020 ONLY: Class judging will be the only component
○ Intermediates will have 5 classes
○ Seniors will have 6 classes
● All cell phones and other communication devices must be turned off while participating in the contest. The expectation is that you are doing this contest independently - no use of extra help (search engines, study guides, parents/adults).
● If accommodations need to be made for participants (reading of questions, internet access), please answer yes to the question in the registration link.
● Contest answers will be e-mailed after 24 hours of contest completion so participants can get feedback.
● Awards to the top individuals (intermediate & senior) will be an educational FCS related trip for reimbursement (up to $100) to be used for registration fee and travel expenses.  Ideas include “Wild about FCS” event at Kansas State University; facility tours; leadership experience; artisan events/conferences. 


















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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