Members of Pioneer 4-H Club collected food for adopt a family. Submitted photo

Emily Gipson
Club reporter
DeSoto’s Pioneer 4-H Club has been busy preparing for the Johnson County fair located in Gardner. “Blue Jeans and Country Dreams” is the theme, and the fair will be offering many fun activities including viewing of projects and livestock, a carnival, auction, parade, rodeo, demolition derby, demonstrations and lots of yummy fair food options.
The 32 families participating in the Pioneer 4-H club can chose from 38 projects such as shooting sports, foods and nutrition, clothing construction, woodworking, photography, rocketry, bee keeping, leather crafting and livestock to name a few. Emily Kresin, four year Pioneer member’s favorite project is sewing.
“I like to make clothes out of fabric,” Emily said. Last year, Emily sent a quilt and a photo of a humpback whale to both the county and state fair. Aniston Cumbie, a six year Pioneer member, says her favorite project is the dog project. Aniston plans to enter in dog agility, showmanship and novice obedience. “I am also putting in baked items, canned goods, chickens and arts and crafts.” Aniston says. She is hoping to take her dog to the Kansas State Fair this year which is held in September in Hutchinson. The favorite project for Garret Cumbie, three year member is rocketry.
“I feel I can have a good, fun balance between working on the rocket and shooting it off.” He also plans to enter chickens and canned goods. Keely Means, first year Pioneer member will be entering a dress, hat, mittens and scarf in the fair. Keely says,
“I am also going to be entering a Reese’s Peanut Butter cake.” Pioneer members are very involved in the fair and projects that go into the fair.
Even if you are not in a club, children and adults can enter projects in the Open Class category. Tracie Cumbie has been entering items in the open class for the past two years. This year, Tracie plans on entering canning. Like in 4-H, Open Class items are judged and awarded ribbons.
The fair offers fun for everyone. Tracie looks forward to eating the delicious taco salad at the fair and states, “Family time is my favorite part about the fair. It is one of the activities we all do together.
Emily says, “I like to eat corndogs and funnel cakes because I don’t get to have them a lot.” Emily also enjoys looking at other people’s projects. Keely enjoys watching the parade which occurs on Saturday of fair week and funnel cakes. Garrett likes to try new things during fair week from the food vendors.
Pioneer meets on the fourth Monday of the month at DeSoto United Methodist church. If you would like to explore 4-H opportunities offered in Johnson Count, please visit and click on the 4-H link. Information on DeSoto’s Pioneer 4-H can be found at
Details, maps and schedule for the Johnson County Fair can be found at