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Midway District

Midway Extension District #15

Ellsworth Office:
210 N. Kansas
Suite #1, Courthouse
Ellsworth, KS 67439

Russell Office:
309 S. Fossil
Russell, KS 67665

Hours: Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12-1)


upcpming events



Kansas Hemp Symposium



Cattlemen's Day 2019


Livestock Mortality Workshop
  • When: March 20, 2019
  • Where: Grandstand Meeting Room, Finney County Fairgrounds
                 Garden City KS
  • No Fee - Registration Required
  • Flyer
  • Online Registration


Cowley County Classic Beef Show
  • When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • Where: Winfield Fairgrounds, Winfield KS
  • Fees: $30 per animal 
  • Pre-entries are strongly encourage.
  • Flyer & Registration Form


Cowboy Classic
  • When: Monday, May 27, 2019 
  • Where: Rush County Fairgrounds
                 Hwy 4, LaCrosse KS 
  • Fees: Beef $20 per head
             Bucket Calf $5 per head
  • NO Pre-Entry - Show 9am
  • Market Sheep & Goats after Beef Show
  • Flyer



Discovery Days
  • What: Are You Ready for Discovery Days? Put May 29 - May 31, 2019 on your calendar to be in Manhattan on the K-State campus. This year’s theme is “Discovery Your Spotlight” Discovery Days offers classes and tours about 4-H projects, careers, hobbies, community service and more! You can also share your talents in the Talent Show. Are you ready to dance? Are you ready for some Call Hall ice cream? Are you ready for some great speakers and Discovery Days Night Live and all the other possibilities in your future?  Join us now to enjoy this event this summer!
  • When: May 29 - May 31, 2019
  • Where: Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Who: Youth who are 13-18 years old as of January 1 of 2019.
  • Registration: Click Here to Register (Registration opens on March 1)
  • Registration Fee:  COMING SOON (Many classes have additional fees)
  • Registration Deadline: April 15, 2019 at 11:59PM
  • Additional Information


Kansas Range Youth Camp
If you are interested in plants, livestock or wildlife, this is the event for you!!! 
  • When: June 18-21, 2019
  • Where: Camp Mennoscah, Murdock KS 
                 (Kingman County)
  • Fees: $250 per person 
  • Registration Deadline: May 15, 2019
  • Contact: James Ungerer  785-223-3705
  • Flyer

The Russell County Area Community Foundation offers small grants to help children with a financial need participate in extra-curricular activities, such as camps.  Contact Angela Muller, Executive Director, Russell County Area Community Foundation, Phone: 785-445-3611 for more information on grants.  


Clothing & Textiles


Citizenship In Action
  • What: Would you like to have more influence in laws and rules that affect your life? Then you’ll want to go to Kansas 4-H Citizenship in Action! This two day event is sponsored by the State 4-H Youth Leadership Council. The purpose of the event is for Kansas youth to learn how the state legislative process works and how their voice and participation in decision-making can make a difference in their local communities. The legislative visit will not only familiarize youth with the capitol building, but will also show them how they can affect the legislative process.
  • When: February 17-18, 2019
  • Where: Topeka, KS
  • Who: Youth 13-18 years old by January 1 of the current year
  • Registration: Click here for registration
  • Registration Fee: $175
  • Registration Deadline: February 1, 2019


Citizenship Washington Focus

  • What: Road trip across the USA stopping to see Philadelphia, Gettysburg, the Liberty Bell and more! Meet, learn, share and tour with youth from other states and respected resource people.Walk among places that have made history and places that are making news today.Visit Capitol Hill, government departments, historic sites, and memorials.Get a close-up view of political process through visits to Capitol Hill.Meet with the Kansas Congressional and Senate delegations to discuss legislative issues.Participate in workshops and assembly groups to learn life skills and discuss possible solutions to domestic and international problems.Interact with 4-H members from other states, learning and sharing about 4-H and other interests and issues. This trip has filled up quickly in the last few years, make sure that you do not delay in signing up to attend!
  • When: June 13-24, 2019
  • Where: Washington D.C.
  • Who: Youth 15-18 years old by January 1 of the current year
  • Registration: Click Here to Register
  • Registration Fee: $1,850
  • Registration Deadline: January 15 or Until 50 Spaces are Filled
  • Additional Information Available at http://www.kansas4-h.org/events-activities/national-regional-events/citizenship-washington-focus/index.html




2019 Kansas 4-H Dog Judges’ Certification and Training Registration Open


  • The Kansas 4-H Dog Judges’ Certification and Training will be January 25-27, 2019, in South Hutchinson, Kansas, at the Hutchinson Kennel Club.  Beginning the training on Friday evening has allowed participants in one weekend to learn about the four dog phases of showmanship, obedience, agility and rally obedience of the Kansas 4-H Dog Care and Training Project.  Those attending (16 and older) to become judges or to re-certify as judges, experience judging classes to practice the skills necessary to effectively judge local 4-H dog shows. This is also a good opportunity for local dog project leaders and older 4-H members to observe the training to learn new knowledge and to better understand how they will be judged at invitational and the Kansas State Fair 4-H Dog Show.  Participants may attend the judges’ certification and judges training without being certified to judge.
  • For more details, visit:  http://www.kansas4-h.org/events-activities/volunteer-trainings/dog-leader/index.html
  • To register, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe82L5AN2Z0as3Etk4K7yWifpOt11j-E7xTZjJKEivsZM9HNA/viewform.  
  • For more information, contact Deryl Waldren,dwaldren@ksu.edu; or call 785-462-6281.
2019 Riley County Invitational 4-H Dog Bowl
  • What: The Riley County 4-H Kennel Club is hosting an invitational Dog Quiz Bowl for Children Ages 7-18
  • When: March 9th, 2019 – Check in starts at 8:30 am – the first round of competition starts at 9:00 am
  • Where: Pottorf Hall – Manhattan, KS
  • Registration: Registration closes on March 1st. The number of teams may be limited and priority will be given on the order in which registrations are received. Registration forms should be emailed to ottoranch@gmail.com|
  • Entry Fee: $5 per team. Checks should be made out to: Riley County 4H Kennel Club and paid during Check In on March 9th. 
  • Rules & Registration Form



Preserving the Family with Estate Planning Workshops

February 21st -- Colby, Kansas
5:30 - 9:00 PM
Colby Community Building

February 22nd -- WaKeeney, Kansas
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Trego Co. Fairgrounds 

Topics covered include:
Getting Started with Estate Planning
Farm & Business Transition
Elder and Long Term Care
Living Wills
Social Security

Registration can be found online at: www.northwest.ksu.edu/events/estate_planning 

If you have any questions, please contact the Thomas County Extension Office at 785-460-4582 or the Golden Prairie District - Trego County Office at 785-743-6361.




Fiber Arts 

Fiber Fun Day
  • When: March 13, 2019
  • Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St, Great Bend KS 
  • Fee: $12
  • Registration Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Flyer & Registration Form






Kansas Junior Meat Goat Producer Day


Cowboy Classic
  • When: Monday, May 27, 2019 
  • Where: Rush County Fairgrounds
                 Hwy 4, LaCrosse KS 
  • Fees: Beef $20 per head
             Bucket Calf $5 per head
             Market Sheep & Goats $10 per head
  • NO Pre-Entry - Market Sheep & Goats Weigh-in 12PM
  • Market Sheep & Goats 30 minutes after Beef Show
  • Flyer



4-H & Open Horse Judges' Certification Clinic
  • When: Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Where: Colby Community College Farm
                 2002 County Rd 23, Colby KS 
  • Fee: $45 (includes meal, snack & materials)
  • Registration Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Online Registration & Flyer



Judging Clinics, Contests & Camps

Super 4-H Saturday

All 4-H and FFA youth and adults across Kansas are invited to participate in a full day of learning experiences, Saturday, March 23, in Hays on the Fort Hays State University campus. Load the vehicle and head to Hays for an amazing Super 4-H Saturday.

Adults: Join other adult volunteers in learning and discussing 4-H topics from 10 - Noon.

Morning Activities for Youth: starting at 10 a.m. will be the NW 4-H Judging Contest, with 5 judging contests - Crops, Entomology, Horticulture, Life Skills, and Photography. Youth can judge at one or all of these great contests. Contest rules and registration information are posted at Cottonwood.ksu.edu. There will also be a free Meat Goat workshop starting at 9:30 a.m. 

Afternoon Activities for Youth: starting at 12:30 p.m. will be the Livestock Judging contest and at 1 p.m. there are project workshops. Choose your project workshop: Bread Sculpting ($2); Creative Magnet Calendars ($5); Photography (Free); Plant Detectives (Free); or Junk Drawer Robotics ($5). The registration deadline is March 15, 2019.

The judging contest registration is $5. You can pay an additional $5 for a sack lunch.

For more information, contact Deryl Waldren, dwaldren@ksu.edu; Susan Schlichting, sschlich@ksu.edu; or Robyn Deines, rdeines@ksu.edu.



Hodgeman County 4-H Invitational Livestock Judging Contest
  • When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • Where: Hodgeman County Fairgrounds
                1005 Atkin Street, Jetmore, KS
  • Pre-Registration Deadline: March 28, 2019.  Pre-registration is REQUIRED for a meal count.
  • Flyer

Judges Training



2019 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes
  • When: August 24-25, 2019
  • Additional details available in June 2019 

Livestock Shows

Gary Fuller Spring Classic
  • When: May 4-5, 2019
  • Where: Lyon County Fairgrounds, Emporia KS 
  • Fees: Pre-entries $15 per head
             $25 per head after April 26th
  • Pre-Registration Deadline: April 26
  • Flyer & Registration Form

Master Gardeners




Prescribed Burn Workshops




Cowboy Classic
  • When: Monday, May 27, 2019 
  • Where: Rush County Fairgrounds
                 Hwy 4, LaCrosse KS 
  • Fees: Beef $20 per head
             Bucket Calf $5 per head
             Market Sheep & Goats $10 per head
  • NO Pre-Entry - Market Sheep & Goats Weigh-in 12PM
  • Market Sheep & Goats 30 minutes after Beef Show
  • Flyer


Shooting Sports


2019 NW SpaceTech Day
  • When: Saturday, March 9, 2019 
  • Where: FHSU Center for Applied Technology 
                 North College Drive, Hays KS 
  • Fee: $20 per participant (includes snack, lunch, workshop materials & t-shirt
  • Registration Deadline: February 27, 2019
  • Brochure & Registration Form


Kansas Junior Swine Producer Day


Women In Ag