COLUMBUS - Cherokee County Economic Development and the Cherokee County E-Community will host the fourth annual Cherokee County Youth Entrepreneur Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Grace Community Church of Riverton (formerly Riverton Friends Church), 6484 SE 70th, Riverton.

At the event, twenty-seven high school students representing the Columbus and Southeast School Districts will present their business concepts. The 14 entrants will be judged on their written executive summary, a four minute presentation to judges, and a tabletop display.

Students will be competing for more than $3,000 in prize money. The $1,500 First Prize is jointly sponsored by the City of Columbus, Commerce Bank, and Crossland Construction. The Cherokee County E-Community provided the $1,000 Second Prize, and the $750 Third Prize is sponsored by ATEC Steel, Columbus Telephone Company/Optic Communications, and the Farmer’s Cooperative Association. Other event sponsors are: American Bank, Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative, Exchange State Bank, Hilderbrand Agency, Labette Bank, Mike Carpino Ford, Realpro, and University Bank, branch GNB.

“We are always blown away by the students’ creativity and effort and look forward to another great event,” said Economic Development Director Janet Miller. “We encourage the public to come out and see the variety of business ideas on display.”

The public is invited to view student displays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. They are also welcome to attend the awards presentation which will take place at approximately 1:15 p.m.

For more information on the Youth Entrepreneur Fair, contact Cherokee County Economic Development Director Janet Miller at 620-762-0717 or jm@cherokeecountykansas.com.