Special to The Hays Daily News

TOPEKA -- State Treasurer Ron Estes announced today the opportunity for Kansas State Fair visitors to enter into a $1000 Learning Quest 529 account giveaway.

Attendees can enter the drawing by visiting the Learning Quest site near gate five, where a school bus themed Volkswagen van will be parked Sept. 5 - 9.

"The fair is one of our state's greatest traditions," said Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes. "We're proud to be a sponsor of this year's festivities and look forward to raising awareness among families about the importance of saving for higher education."

Learning Quest ambassadors will be available at the site to discuss college savings with parents and answer any questions regarding the Kansas Education Savings Program.

Children will also have the opportunity to dress up as their desired career at a photo booth equipped with a variety of occupational accessories. As mementos of their children's career ambitions, keepsake photos will be given to parents.

The Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program was created to help families invest for their child's career education after high school, whether at a traditional four-year university, community college, technical college or vocational school. Accounts can be opened with as little as $25.

To learn more about saving for a higher education, visit www.LearningQuest.com or call 1-800-579-2203. For details about future events and giveaways visit the Learning Quest Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KSLearningQuest529.

Ron Estes is the 39th state treasurer for the state of Kansas and is the first state-wide elected official from the city of Wichita in 20 years. He was elected to serve as the Midwest Regional Vice President for the National Association of State Treasurers 2012-2013, and now serves on the College Savings Plans Network Executive Board. Ron has also served as treasurer for both Sedgwick County and the Kansas County Treasurers' Association. He was born in Topeka and is a fifth-generation Kansan. His family continues to run a farm in Osage County. Ron and his wife, Susan, have three children.