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Fair features new exhibit classes

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Join the fun at the Kansas State Fair!.

If a person has not participated in the past, now is the time! A person could win up to $500 for a person's favorite cookie recipe. Too hot to cook? Try decorating skills in the Jell-O No Bake Dessert Decorating Contest. If cooking isn't a persons "thing," the Kansas State Fair has livestock shows, woodcarving contests, photograph contests, etc.

New competitive exhibit classes for this years fair include:

In the Foods Department (located in the Historic Domestic Arts Building), the Diabetic Cooking Contest is Friday, Sept. 7. Judging will start at 9 a.m. Entries will be accepted Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 5-6, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entries must be accompanied by the recipe, with notations reflecting the correct diabetic exchanges, and will be judged on taste, appearance, originality-creativity, ease of preparation and correct diabetic exchanges.

The Blue Bonnet Margarine Cookies Contest will be held Sunday, Sept. 9. Judging will begin at 3 p.m. Cookies will be accepted for judging Sept. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m., and $900 in prize money will be awarded! Any type of cookie may be entered, but each must contain at least one cup of Blue Bonnet Margarine. No other source of fat or oil is allowed. A typed recipe and the Blue Bonnet Label must accompany each entry.

The Jell-O No Bake Dessert Decorating Contest also is Sunday, Sept. 9. Judging will start at 11 a.m. Desserts will be accepted that day, from 8 to 10 a.m. The desserts should be decorated to represent that person's vision of the 2001 Kansas State Fair theme, "2001: State Fair Odyssey. Jell-O No Bake Dessert is sponsoring Sunday, Sept. 9, as 2001-State Fair Odyssey Day in the Domestic Arts Building. Bring a Jell-O No Bake Dessert box top with a UPC bar code to the booth, in the Domestic Arts Building, Sept. 9, and receive a free T-shirt while supplies last. Following the contest, their chef will design a "Kansas" Quilt with the decorated pies.

Martha Gooch's Pasta Contest will be Wednesday, Sept. 12. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. Pasta dishes will be accepted Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

A few new classes in the Fine Arts Department (shown in the Fine Arts Building) for this year's fair include the Woodcarving Contest (10 classes, best of show and best of show runner up awarded), Native American Arts and Crafts five classes, best of show and best of show runner up awarded) and Dolls as Art (four classes).

To enter any of the contests in the Fine Arts Department, entry items can be mailed anytime before Sept. 3 or brought to the fairgrounds Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; or Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

There also will be two new classes of beef cattle shown at this years fair.

The Dexter Cattle Show is in the Beef Arena, Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. Brian Fitzgerald, Grand Island, NE, will judge. The Dexter is the world's smallest breed of cattle, and up until about eight years ago was on the endangered species list. They are bred for meat and milk, and originated in Ireland about 200 years ago.

The Watusi Cattle Show is Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m., in the Livestock Annex. The Watusi is the cow of Africa, and is considered the "Cow of Kings" and is a sign of wealth. They are strictly a warm weather animal, and use their horns to cool themselves by sending their blood through the horns allowing the heat to dissipate.

The Floriculture Department has moved this year to the Pride of Kansas Building, to allow more space and better ventilation for these displays. In this department, there is a class for the fair theme "2001 Odyssey" arrangement, so be preparing those entries.

For more information, and a complete competitive exhibit listing, please visit the fair's website, www.kansasstatefair.com, or call 620-669-3621. Entry forms must be postmarked by Aug. 15. There are no entry fees in the foods and fine arts classes.

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