The Kentucky State Fair is one of my favorite assignments every year. I really enjoy seeing the students working with the animals in the barns. It’s always something I focus my photography on while I’m at the fair. After the barns, I wander the fair to see what else students are engaged in.
When I was editing my take from this year’s fair, I noticed a theme emerging. The students were learning about different career options, including agriculture (of course!), culinary arts and manufacturing.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture held the state’s first Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef Cook Off. High school teams took to the stage preparing dishes for an opportunity to win $70,000 worth of scholarships from Sullivan University. Students created dishes that were healthy, could be incorporated into school lunches and used Kentucky Proud products.
Ford Motor Co. set up a Ford Simulated Factory where students raced to see how many washers and nuts they could attach to a bolt before time ran out. This was the first time for this activity at the Kentucky State Fair. The students, and Ford workers, really enjoyed it.
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