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Food, gardening, goat petting the focus of ‘Farms, Forks & 4-H’ event

The Sedgwick County Extension Center will be the site of all sorts of cooking and gardening fun on Saturday.
The Sedgwick County Extension Center will be the site of all sorts of cooking and gardening fun on Saturday.

If you’re itching in your britches for some Kansas State Fair-style fun – complete with goat petting and crazy food sampling – and don’t think you can wait another month, you’ll find some relief on Saturday.

The Sedgwick County Extension Center, the place at 21st and Ridge that hosts the Saturday-morning farmer’s markets, is putting on a big Saturday event called the Farms, Forks & 4-H Festival.

It lasts from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will take place mostly inside the extension center building, which is at 7001 W. 21st St., as the Kansas Grown Farmers Market happens outside.

It’ll include a chef’s demonstration by Travis Russell from Public at the Brickyard, food demonstrations with samples, a meet-and-greet with farm animals, a 4-H fashion show, a Medicare plan finder workshop and seminars on things like flowers, composting, dog agility and more.

The event will also have a Kids’ Ag Zone, designed to teach city kids about country life, where they can touch a tractor and commune with dairy cows, goats, rabbits and chickens.

The first-year event is designed to build awareness of everything the extension center does for the community, said Angela Jones, the center’s director. The staff has spent the past 18 months organizing the event.

“Many of our large-scale events are known for focusing on ornamental horticulture,” she said. “This festival is meant to highlight all the other great things we do. We serve tons of different populations have tons of different activities that people aren’t aware of.”

One of the highlights of the event: bacon waffle sundaes. Organizers wanted a whacky food that would draw in crowds, so they concocted a dessert made using purple pride blueberry ice cream, which usually is sold only on the campus of Kansas State University. It’ll be topped with choices like strawberries, caramel or chocolate and served with a waffle, purple sprinkles and a slice of bacon on top. Sundaes are $4 for one scoop and $5 for two scoops.

Here’s a list of some of the other highlights at the festival. For a full schedule, visit http://www.sedgwick.k-state.edu/festival.html.

Food related

Chef Demonstration with Travis Russell, Chef/Owner, Public at the Brickyard, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Sunflower Room

Seasonal Food Demonstration: Apple Bacon Brussels Sprout Hash, 9-9:25 a.m., Demonstration Garden

Healthy Lunches in a Jar, 10-10:45 a.m. Sunflower Room

Easy Desserts on the Grill - 10:30-10:55 a.m. - Demonstration Garden

Cuts of Meat and Grilling Techniques, 11-11:45 a.m., Sunflower Room

Seasonal Food Demonstration: Zesty Zucchini Spaghetti, noon-12:25 p.m., Demonstration Garden

Rubs and seasonings for grilling and BBQ, Chef Tom, All Things BBQ, noon-12:45 p.m. - Sunflower Room


Prairie Star Flower Tour - 8:30-8:55 a.m., Demonstration Garden

Composting 101 - Extension Master Gardener Compost Committee, 9:30 -9:55 a.m., Demonstration Garden

Extending Your Garden Season - 11:30-11:55 a.m., Demonstration Garden

Seminars/4-H shows

Medicare Plan Finder Workshop - 8:30 to 9:20 a.m., Meadowlark Room

Dog Agility Show - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., outside

4-H Fashion Show - 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Grand Hall

Farms, Forks & 4-H Festival

What: An event featuring food, gardening demonstrations, live farm animals and more

When: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sedgwick County Extension Center, 7001 W. 21st St. N.

Admission: Free

Information: http://www.sedgwick.k-state.edu/festival.html