Next week marks the beginning of my 30th year as a family and consumer science agent. The old adage “Time flies when you are having fun” is definitely true. It does not seem like a year has passed since I was ordering bread for the 4-H barbecue or lining up roasters for preparing the baked beans.

During the next few weeks my job responsibilities shift from the usual adult education audiences to a support role in the 4-H and youth development area. I love interacting with youngsters who may be nervous about visiting with the judge who is checking over their project work.

The Barton County Fair dates are July 11 to 15 and the Ellis County Fair spans the week of July 14 to 21. Several of our events overlap this year, which is unfortunate, but unavoidable. I hope you are making plans to visit one or both of our fairs this year. You will be impressed with the way volunteers transform the exhibit buildings into a fun place to showcase the work of 4-H’ers during the past year.

Along with our 4-H and youth agents, Berny Unruh and Susan Schlicting, we are enjoying the youthful help from Marissa and Malea, our summer interns. Of course you will see all agents and our office professionals working to help make each Fair a success. Both of our Extension offices will be closed during our Fair week but you can leave phone messages and we’ll get back with you. Thanks for your understanding and we will see you at the Fair.

Donna Krug is the family and consumer science agent and district director with K-State Research and Extension-Cottonwood District. (620)793-1910 or