Category Archives: Fair

Benefits of Youth Livestock Projects

Carla Nemecek is Southwind District Director and agent.


With county fair season behind us, it may appear youth livestock exhibitors in the Southwind District may have wrapped up their livestock projects for 2020. However, many are still working at home to prepare for the Kansas State Fair and Kansas Junior Livestock Show – which are still options to them despite the many event cancellations across the country.  Not only are they practicing to drive their hogs, brace their sheep and goats and set up their cattle, they are working hard to keep them cool and on feed while managing summer temperatures and navigating a back-to-school schedule.


Lots of Southwind District 4-H members sold animals at their livestock premium sales, knowing they still had work to do at home. Youth who exhibit cattle care for and own their animals for about 280 days, and youth with sheep, meat goats and hogs care for and own their livestock for about 130 days. The time spent with animals teaches basic life skills and eventually help them develop into better citizens.


Following are some life skills that youth livestock project members can gain:


  1. How to get along with people. A large number of people in society quit or lose their jobs because they cannot get along with others. 4-H members who show livestock are around people they have never met but have similar interests. They learn to communicate with these people.


  1. Sportsmanship. At a livestock show, there is only one Grand Champion. However, there are many winners. Most 4-H members who show livestock for any period of time usually experience the  extreme high feeling of an exceptional effort and the extreme disappointment of a project that didn’t turn out as well as was expected. Normally, win or lose, the competitors in the show can be seen after the show talking and enjoying life together.


  1. Responsibility. Feeding and daily chores in a 4-H livestock project teach responsibility. Top feeders follow the time clock in their daily efforts. This is a good habit to start at a young age and may  reap youngster’s substantial benefits in a career later in their lives.


  1. Attend to details. Most young people take care of major items in a 4-H livestock projectlike fencing, feeding, etc. However many times it’s the little things that make a different: keeping water  tanks and feed troughs clean, working on grooming and showmanship several months before the show,  keeping pens clean and close observation for sickness and disease. Paying attention to details is  beneficial in almost everything we do in life.


  1. Decision making. Decision making is never easy at any point in our lives. 4-H livestock projects require several key decisions be made: selection of project animals, selection of feeding  method, care and management decisions, fitting and grooming techniques, etc.


  1. Goal setting. For every successful 4-H livestock project, there is usually a good plan. Most details and plans for the project on selection, feeding and management of the project have been planned well in advance. Goal setting is important for everyone regardless of future endeavors.


Next time you are at a livestock show, study the kids instead of the animals. Their 2020 projects may be far more diverse and advanced than the few animals taken to the County Fair, and plans are already underway to purchase stock for 2021 when we can hopefully return to normal.


For full results of your local County Fair in the Southwind District, visit

Carla Nemecek

Southwind Extension District
Director & Agent
1 North Washington, Iola, KS 66749

Chamber Coffee at Bourbon County Fair July 16

The Chamber Coffee will be hosted by
Bourbon County Fair Association
Click here for the Fair schedule of events!
Visit the Merchants Building each evening 4-8pm in addition to the other events!
Chamber Members & Guests are welcome
to make any announcement for $1 to the Chamber about their business or organization including events, new products, promotions, or any other specials!
You may wear a mask at your own discretion.
Social distancing is encouraged.
Upcoming Chamber Coffee Schedule:
  • 7/23 – Old Fort Auto
  • 7/30 – Up Dog Yoga
  • 8/6 – Open – Call the Chamber to reserve this date at 620-223-3566!
  • 8/13 – Medicalodges of FS – TBA
  • 8/20 – Open – Call the Chamber to reserve this date at 620-223-3566!
  • 8/27 – Open – Call the Chamber to reserve this date at 620-223-3566!

Chamber Of Commerce Calendar of Events

7/10thru7/18 – Bourbon County Fair& Rodeo
starts at 8pm Friday & Sat. Fair Runs all
week on the Bourbon Fair Grounds.
7/10 – The Boiler Room Brewhaus – “Tim Nowell”
Live Country Red Dirt Music at 7pm!
Click Here for Bracket & Schedule.
7/11 & 7/12 – Marmaton Massacre Mountain
Bike Race at Gunn Park Trails.
7/10thru7/16 –Fort Scott Cinema showing:
Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the
Last Crusade, Inside Out.
7/11- The Lavender Patch Farm “Family Day”
7/11 – Mo’s Swap Meet– Every Saturday from
8am – 4pm (3rd & Margrave St)
Plaza in front of the Fort, 8am to noon.
7/11 – Fort Scott Livestock Sale starts as 10am
7/11 – The Woodland Hills Golf – 2-person
Scramble. Shot Gun starts at 8 am.
7/11 – Auction by Anderson Auction, Opal Binford Estate, 10am, 611 S. Little St.
7/11 – USD235 Uniontown Graduation, 2pm
7/12 – Boiler Room Brewhaus brings back Trivia
night for teams of 2 to 6 people, $5 entry
per team, 5-7pm
7/14 – Cattle Showing Clinic w/John Emmerson, Bourbon County Fairgrounds Show Ring, 9am
7/14 – Draft Horse Pull, Bourbon County Fairgrounds, 7:30pm
7/16 – Chamber Coffee @ Bourbon County Fairgrounds, 8am ~ attendees encouraged to stay until 9am for a special motivational speaker.
7/16 – KS SBDC Retail Relaunch, Live Webinar, 9:30-11:30am
7/16 – Seniors 60+ Farmers’ Market Voucher Signup Program, 1-4pm, Bourbon County Senior Citizen Center, Downtown, Income Requirements, click here for details.
Meet the candidates at 5:30 pm. Forum
starts at 6 pm. Hosted by the Fort Scott
Chamber of Commerce. Location TBA
Click & Register online for Virtual Session
tools to help job seekers.
JULY 24TH – Chamber Golf Classic
Taking team & sponsor registrations now!
Click Here for details!
Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
In This Issue
Bourbon County Fair & Rodeo
Tim Nowell live music at The Boiler Room Brewhaus
LaRoche Baseball Complex, Midwest Showcase Tourn.
Marmaton Massacre Mountain Bike Race weekend
Mo’s Swap Meet
The Lavender Patch
The Boiler Room Brewhaus
Chamber Highlights
Click here for our
Membership Directory.
We THANK our members for their support! Interested in joining the Chamber? Click here for info.
Thinking of doing business in or relocating to Fort Scott?
Contact us for a relocation packet, information on grants & incentives, and more!
Seeking a job/career?
We post a Job of the Day daily on our Facebook page, distribute a monthly job openings flyer, and post jobs on our website.
Many opportunities available!
Housing needs?
Click here for a listing of our Chamber member realtors.
Click here for our rental listing.

Merchants: Reserve A Booth At the Fair

Sending the email below on behalf of
Chamber Member
Bourbon County Fair
Thank you for your Chamber partnership!
Businesses & Organizations
Are Invited to Reserve a Booth
In the Merchants Building
during the Bourbon County Fair!
Booths will be open
Monday-Friday, July 13th-17th
(prior e-blast had incorrect dates of June vs. July)
$25 for a 10×10 booth
Contact Allen Warren to reserve:
Or, click here to email Allen.
Also ~ Rodeo tickets will go on sale
at the Chamber July 2nd!
(we will be closed on the 3rd & back open Monday the 6th)
See more information below!
Ticket Sales & Booth Space Reservation Information
Please help share & support.

Bourbon County Fair Sponsorships Sought

Sending the email below on behalf of
Chamber Member
Bourbon County Fair
Thank you for your Chamber partnership!
Your sponsorship is requested!
See details below.
Call us for Information & Support The Bourbon County Fair
Stewart Gulager 620.215.5302
Bobby Reed 620-224-8137
Dale Griffiths 620-215-3101
Diane Brillhart 620-215-5939

Governor announces appointments to the Kansas State Fair Board



Governor Laura Kelly appointed John Bottenberg to the Kansas State Fair Board, and reappointed Harmon Bliss, Nick Ketzner and Robert Atkisson.


The purpose of the Board is to promote and showcase Kansas agriculture, industry and culture; to create opportunity for commercial activity; and to provide an educational and entertaining experience that is the pride of all Kansans.


“The Fair provides tremendous opportunities for commerce, entertainment and education in Kansas each year,” Kelly said. “I feel confident that these appointees will ensure the success of the Fair through their service on the Board.”


Bottenberg, Topeka, served on the board previously and was appointed to an at-large seat. He is a former state representative.


Bliss, Jetmore, is the current Board president and was reappointed to the seat reserved for a representative from the southwest agriculture extension district.


Ketzner, Bird City, was reappointed to the northwest agriculture extension district seat.


Atkisson, Stockton, was reappointed to the seat reserved for a representative from the Kansas Fairs Association.

Authors Needed For Writing Festival and Fair Oct. 19



The Fort Scott Writing Festival and Author Fair will be held October 19, 2019 at the Lowell Milken Center. The festival is co-sponsored by the following: Bourbon County Arts Council, Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, Lowell Milken Center, Books and Grannies and Hedgehog.INK!

Morning Workshops session (8:50-12:00) – includes workshops by published authors for adults, college and high school students. The cost of the morning activities is $35 with pre-registration due by October 14. Late registration is $45. College students and high school students are free with school identification.

Afternoon Author’s Fair (1:30-3:30) – is free to the public. Authors may sign up for a space to promote their published works. The cost for each table is $10*. The author is responsible for bringing their own books, collecting money and paying taxes as required by the state of Kansas or use the event tax id#. Authors need to bring their own table (card table size) and folding chair. Authors may set-up during the lunch break from 12:00-1:30.

Author space will be available on a first-come basis. Please fill out the attached form and return to Jan Hedges at Hedgehog.INK! 16 S. Main Fort Scott, KS 66701 ( to reserve your spot. Please include the following information:

Name _____________________________________________________________

Address ____________________________________________________________

Phone _________________________ Email __________________________

Tax ID# (for event taxes information) ___________________ $10 paid ______

Genre (Brief description of your published work:)

*If you attend the morning workshops, there will not be a charge for your table for the Author Fair.

Kansas State Fair – State Fun, Local Flavor

Carla Nemecek is Southwind District Director and agent.

Submitted by: Carla Nemecek

Kansas 4-H members ages nine and up are eligible to enter projects at the Kansas State Fair, but only eligible after first earning the top award in the project category at the county fair.  That means 4-H entries at the Fair come with high praise, and also means seeing the various projects in 4-H Centennial Hall may inspire others to join 4-H and learn by doing, choosing a new 4-H project (if already involved in 4-H programs) or provide the nudge that’s needed to complete a hobby project or try something new.

Kansas 4-H offers more than 30 educational 4-H projects and seeing the completed projects under one roof is testimony to experiential learning in 4-H.

The 2019 Kansas State Fair will open Sept. 6 and continue through Sept. 15. While attending the annual event is a tradition for many, seasoned as well as first-time fairgoers are encouraged to visit 4-H Centennial Hall to view 4-H projects that have earned the top awards at our local county fairs.

4-H Centennial Hall is located at the north end of the fairgrounds, and will house the majority of the more than 11,000 4-H project exhibits during the fair. The Southwind Extension District will be well represented, with exhibits entered from Allen, Bourbon, Woodson and Neosho Counties.

The 4-H building is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., from Sept. 6-Sept. 14, and, on Sept. 15 (closing day) from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

“Celebrating All Things Kansas” is the theme for the 2019 Kansas State Fair, so I certainly want to mention some of our most grassroots projects – the livestock. Southwind 4-H members will also be exhibiting horses, sheep, swine, meat goats and cattle at the south end of the Fairgrounds. Horse project members who previously qualified at the District Horse Show will compete the second weekend of the State Fair, while livestock exhibitors will show the first weekend as part of the Grand Drive. Youth enrolled in the Dog project will also compete the second weekend.

Information on daily schedules and admission can be found on the Kansas State Fair website,

If you are looking for results from our local 4-H members, those can be found by clicking on the link at, or stop by the Southwind Extension District website, and we will direct you to those 4-H results that will be updated on a daily basis.

From the fun fried foods that can be found on the mid-way to the open and youth exhibits across the fairgrounds, there are opportunities for the young and old alike. I encourage you to put on your best walking shoes and make a trip to Hutchinson, KS September 6-15, 2019 and “Celebrate All Things Kansas” at the 2019 Kansas State Fair!

Peerless Expands Assembly Lines: Needs More Workers

Peerless Products is hiring.

Peerless Products, 2403 S. Main, is the largest employer in Fort Scott with 420 workers.

And they need more assembly lines to grow their business, according to Dave Elliott, Peerless Products Culture and Morale Manager.

Founded in Fort Scott, Kansas in 1952,  they manufacturer high-performance aluminum architectural and commercial windows for new construction, replacement and historical construction, according to their website.

“We need to have the capacity to run more products through, to continue to grow,” Elliott said.

“We purchased the old American Standard warehouse in Nevada (MO) on I-49, we will use that as a staging warehouse,” Elliott said. “That frees up space in the Fort Scott facility for another assembly line.”

The employees the company is looking for?

“Somebody that has a good work ethic and a willingness to learn and grow,” Elliott said. In addition, applicants must have a valid driver’s license, and a high school diploma or GED.

The starting-out wage at the plant is $11 per hour, and “they usually work more than 40 hours a week.”

Day shift is from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

“The hours on Friday depends on how much of the product is complete,” Elliott said.

Peerless offers a benefits package that offers health insurance, life insurance, a 401K and an “astounding profit-sharing program,” Elliot said.

Peerless also offers “employee care” activities such as chair massage a couple of times a year and currently are giving employees 20 lb. meat bundles. This processed beef and pork comes from what the company purchases at county fairs of 4-H animals.

Today, Aug. 9, Elliot and Karen Contreras will be at the Ellis Fine Art Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community College for a job fair.

Ellis Fine Arts Center

From 2-6 p.m. interested applicants are asked to bring their resume and come for a visit with the two Peerless Products representatives.


Bourbon County Fair: Rewards for Projects

The 2019 Bourbon County Fair is in full swing this week, highlighting the work of 4-Hers and others in many different categories of projects.


Open Class Superintendents Jackie Warren and Terri Williams input prize money awards into a computer Wednesday in the Myers Building on the Bourbon County Fairgrounds on South Horton Street.

Over 1,000 special awards are given by merchants and individuals for all open class prizes, Open Class Superintendent Jackie Warren, said.  “Not counting the livestock,” Superintendent Terri Williams said.

Highlighted in photos are the top ranking winners in each category.

Congratulations to all who did their best and earned top places.


4-Her’s serve a meal to a customer at the Chuck Wagon Cafe, which is run by 4-H Club members.
A customer gives her order to Chuck Wagon volunteers Wednesday at noon.



Barnstormers 4-H Club won the booth grand prize.






Chamber Coffee at County Fair July 18

Join us for Chamber Coffee
Hosted by:

Bourbon County Fair

2102 S. Huntington Blvd.
Thursday, July 18, 2019  at 8:00 a.m.
Visit the 2019 Bourbon County Fair website by clicking HERE.
Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
July 25 – Bourbon County E-Community @ Sleep Inn
August 8 – State Farm/Meeks Law Firm
August 15 – Craw-Kan

Fair Time!

The annual event that allows 4-Her’s to showcase their hard work  is the county fair.

The Bourbon County Fair is July 12-20 at the fairgrounds located across from Fort Scott Community College on South Horton.

The week includes animal shows, a fashion revue, a livestock sale, open class and 4-H exhibits along with grandstand events.

New this year, the Bourbon County Fair is hosting a professional rodeo at 8 p.m. on July 12-13  at the fairgrounds, by the Hampton Rodeo Company, a consistent top-rated International Pro Rodeo Association (IPRA)  contractor.

“The big thing is the professional rodeo we are having Friday and Saturday starting the fair,” Diane Brillhart, treasurer for the fair board, said.

Tickets are $10 adults, $5 youth and five and under, free is purchased before the rodeos, $12 and $7 at the gate.

Presale tickets are available at Landmark Bank, Chamber of Commerce and Southwind Extension District Office.


There will be a calf scramble, bull poker, beer garden and a live band, in addition.

Contact Steward Gulager, 620-215-5302 for more information.


Brillhart also encourages the public to notice the newly painted sheep and dairy barns.

“Thanks to a Fort Scott Area Community Foundation Grant and the Bourbon County Jail Inmates, we were able to paint the Sheep and Dairy Barn,” Brillhart said.

See information on both the fair and rodeo below.



Pam Korinek enters her plants in the horticulture department in open class at the Bourbon County Fair in 2018.
Northwest Scott 4-H members and family put together their entry into the hay bale decorating contest in the 2018 Bourbon County Fair. From left: Amanda, Abigail, John and Timothy Collins and Kaitlyn Hanks with her mom, Darla Hanks (not pictured).