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GREAT BEND, Kansas – As the number of family farms decreases, it’s hard to keep kids interested in agriculture. So, 4-H agents are trying to make the wheat industry more appealing to kids who live in town through a Wheat Show.
“We have tried to add things so that even kids who live in town and maybe have a grandpa that comes, they can adopt a farmer who grows wheat, but also wheat photography is probably the biggest exhibit, and we have some gorgeous photos that show up every year,” said Betty Unruh, Barton County 4-H agent.
The kids are excited to show their projects, but they also get a greater appreciation for what it takes to farm.
“I’ve learned how to clean wheat, and it is not an easy process,” said Molly Kaiser, taking part in 4-H program.
The show also gives kids a chance to learn about other businesses and things going on in their community.
“It helps you in life. You can do a career like he has, and you can do anything you really want to,” said Kaiser.
As well as learning about wheat, local business owners also have a chance to teach kids about their own craft.
“To kinda show our business, kinda show what we’re doing, even though I do make wheat, like the wheat over there, to display creativity into the kids,” said Bruce Bitter, B&B Metal Arts.
It was the 60th year for the 4-H Wheat Show.
The agents KSN talked to said it was a success.