LOUISVILLE, KY – America’s preeminent supplier of natural fibers reinforcements and fillers is playing a key part in a local student’s Science Fair project this weekend.

Louisville-based Sunstrand donated four pounds of Kentucky-grown hemp, cut into half-inch fibers, to 13-year-old Gus Dillon.

Dillon, a seventh-grader at St. Francis of Assissi School in Louisville, is investigating hemp as reinforcement in concrete.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture directed the Dillons to Sunstrand, which was happy to oblige.

“We’re always excited to help young people explore their curiosities about this part of our future,” said Sunstrand founder and CEO Trey Riddle, who is also the president of the Kentucky Hemp Association.

The school’s Science Fair takes place Friday, but exhibit showings continue for all 90 students on Saturday.

Gus’ mother said her son is genuinely interested in exploring new ideas and possibilities.

“Gus plans on continuing his experiment for his 8th grade project,” Liz Dillon said.

Public viewing with the students runs from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday. The boards by themselves will remain on display until 6:30 p.m., and again on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Several members of the Sunstrand team plan to attend to show their support for Gus.