It has come to our attention that that the class descriptions for Architectural Block Construction (ABC) published in the Kansas State Fair book did not align with the rule set for this year. As such we are making an important correction to the 2023 ABC State Fair Rules to correct the difference between the rule set and the class descriptions.
You can see the state fair book here: https://www.kansas4-h.org/events-activities/fairs/kansas-state-fair/index.html
The current 2023 ABC class description reads as follows:
Introductory – Level 1 (about 1 – 3 years of experience)
5710 Level 1 Diorama. A diorama illustrating at least 2 architectural features beyond floors, ceilings, and walls.
Experienced – Level 2 (about 4 – 6 years of experience)
5711 Level 2 Diorama. A diorama illustrating at least 4 architectural features beyond floors, ceilings, and walls, and includes 1 or more motion elements.
Advanced – Level 3 (about 7 – 9 years of experience)
5712 Level 3 Diorama. A diorama illustrating at least 6 architectural features beyond floors, ceilings, and walls, and includes 2 or more motion elements.
Master – Level 4 (10 or more years experience)
5713 Level 4 Diorama. A diorama illustrating at least 8 architectural features beyond floors, ceilings, and walls, and includes 3 or more motion elements.
These descriptions do not fit with the wording and intent of the ABC rules for 2023. We are working with the State 4-H office to put out an advisory notice and correction to the class numbers for the Kansas State Fair. However it is possible some counties may have already included the incorrect class numbers in their county fair books.
For county/district 4-H Staff we recommend reviewing your county fair book to insure you are using the class descriptions below. If your county fair book has already been published and uses a copy of the State Fair rules for ABC you can notify youth and parents of this correction or leave the class descriptions as is. We strongly recommend working with your ABC judge to clarify the judging standards that will be used, and encourage you to follow the published 2023 ABC rule set and not the 2023 class descriptions. If your county fair book has not been published, we strongly encourage you to update the class descriptions for ABC.
For parents or youth in a county using the incorrect ABC class descriptions, we recommend contacting your county/district extension office to clarify expectations. If your county has not published their fair book yet please work with them to update the ABC class descriptions to reflect the corrections below.
Registering ABC exhibits for the Kansas State Fair. For exhibits that meet the 2023 State Fair criteria for ABC, the class descriptions will be updated to those below in the registration system. This means that when registering exhibits for the 2023 Kansas State Fair that you will need to insure the correct class number is used as the classes change from experience based to age based classes. Thus the class number may change for youth in counties that are not using the corrected class descriptions.
ABC Judging at the Kansas State Fair. The 2023 State fair judges will be informed to judge according to the published rules and corrected class descriptions.
The corrected 2023 ABC class descriptions are as follows:
Intermediate (ages 9-13)
5710 Interlocking brick diorama built from scratch.
Senior (ages 14 and up)
5711 Advanced Interlocking brick diorama built from scratch.
The 2023 classes are broken up by age to make it easier for parents, youth, and judges to determine the appropriate class to exhibit in. While not optimal, this should alleviate confusion.
Counties are also encouraged to create a county only class, for example 5713 or adding the letter ‘a’ to the end of 5710, for youth ages 7 and 8, who are ineligible for the 2023 Kansas State Fair to display in at their county fairs.
An advisor notice to this change will be posted on the State Fair rules page and counties/districts will be notified as well.
We are very sorry about the confusion this has caused. Should you have questions or need additional clarification you can use the contact page or reach out to the State 4-H office.
Thank your for your understanding,