4-H members showcase talents at Riley County Fair


Riley County youth participate in showmanship Thursday evening at the Riley County Fair. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KMAN

There’s no shortage of talent at the 2019 Riley County Fair.

Activities opened Thursday and continue through July 29. News Radio KMAN has been speaking with local 4-H youth showing a wide array of projects. Many of them say 4-H has been a major benefit to shaping who they are today.

Chanaye Parker

Manhattan High Junior Chanaye Parker is in her ninth year with Riley County 4-H. She has projects entered in foods, photography and art. For the last three months she’s also been caring for a lamb which she says she’s showing at this year’s fair.

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Parker says shearing a lamb is no easy task.

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In addition, Parker says she’s also participating in 4-H sewing.

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Talia Clanton

Manhattan High student Talia Clanton has been in 4-H now for 10 years. She spoke about what 4-H has taught her.

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Clanton has entered projects in foods, arts and photography. She’s entered this year some bread into the food competition.

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Clanton received a purple ribbon on her bread. She says a lot of times with food projects, it can be trial and error before you reach perfection. She also entered photographs from her recent Citizen Washington Focus 4-H trip in June which she says was eye opening.

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Clanton intends to study bakery sciences in college.

Tyler Beckman

Tyler Beckman, a recent graduate Riley County high school, is showing off his four goats that he is confident in a good performance.

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Above all the display of his goats and all the work Beckman has put into his showcase at the fair, he says being a member of 4-H really benefited him.

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Beckman recommends any young person to get involved with 4-H. Starting in the fall he will attend Fort Hays State University and study physical therapy.

Photos by Brandon Peoples/KMAN


Dylan Anderson

Recent Riley County High graduate Dylan Anderson has shown a variety of things including steer, baking, photography, geology and gardening.

Anderson says his steer project has come along quite well.

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Anderson says being a part of 4-H has done wonders for him.

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Anderson encourages any high school student to get involved in 4-H. He says he plans to attend Fort Hays State to major in criminal justice. He aspires to become a state trooper.

Jessica Eyestone

4-H member Jessica Eyestone, a junior at Riley County High School, is displaying an Angel food cake, a painting and a Citizen Washington Focus notebook from a summer trip to D.C. that Riley County 4-H students went on.

Eyestone says she is most fond of her painting.

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Eyestone has been a member of 4-H for 10 years and she has thoroughly enjoyed her time as a member. She also talks about the challenges of presenting at the fair, in particular with food.

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Eyestone says being a member of 4-H has helped her come out of her comfort zone.

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Eyestone plans to pursue video production after high school.


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Brandon Peoples

KMAN News Director and host of In Focus. Contact Brandon at Brandon@1350KMAN.com

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