The Pettisville FFA members all participated in the Fulton County Fair, whether with an animal or a project during the Ag class. The FFA participated in the judging of the cattle, the stacking of straw and the work on the stands. pork and milkshake. Two students showed sheep and 70 students made various projects, such as cutting boards, stools, agricultural related information flyers and floor boards. Out of 70 students, 50 obtained an A.
Cayden Jacoby placed first and his ewe received the Grand Champion of the Breeding Sheep Show. He received a trophy. Karter Zachrich also took part in the sheep breeding competition and showed a market lamb. His lamb was named Grand Champion Market Lamb and he was named Outstanding Market Sheep Exhibitor and Senior Participant in the Reserve Sheep Skillathon. Karter also participated in the cattle grading competition. Carson Bennett entered the Straw Stacking Competition and his team placed first.
When working at the pig stand on Friday night, members worked as cashiers, runners and some grills as well. The members of the FFA Alumni and Friends group provided half of the necessary workers. During our shift in the milkshake stand on Sunday afternoon, the workers either scooped up the ice cream and poured the milk into the cups or mixed the milkshake until it reached the right consistency. .
On September 15, the junior agronomy class presented grade 3 and 4 sheep, rabbits and chickens at the Fulton County Grade Ag Fest. Members explained general facts about each animal to the students and also had the option of checking the animal’s heartbeat.
On September 17th, senior members of the FFA served a meal at Rupp Seeds Genetic Vendor Day. They served Hawaiian sausage, burgers, potato salad, a variety of crisps, and monster and chocolate chip cookies. Alumni vice president Jeremy Crouch ran the grill.
Three FFA members assisted at Kenn-Feld Day on September 25. These members have set up a pedal tractor course for children to take, while teaching them small equipment and how to be safe when operating machines. Members enjoyed the activity.
On Monday, September 27, 11 members of the FFA took part in the district 1 soil assessment contests. Both teams placed 2nd in this 7-county event. Three scores count as a team score. In the Urban Soils competition, which is the floor used for development, Carson Bennett placed 2nd, Kelsey Bennett placed 3rd and Olivia Miller placed 8th.
In the rural soils competition, which is soil used primarily for agricultural production, Mina Wesche finished 7th, Sophie Sterken 8th and Ella Richer 12th. Both teams qualified for the state.
On October 9, 6 members visited State Soils in Delaware County. The Urban Soil team of Carson Bennett, Kelsey Bennett and Olivia Miller placed 20th in the state. The Rural Soils team of Mina Wesche, Ella Richer and Kaleb Wyse placed 40th in the team. Congratulations to these members!
On October 11, the FFA Chapter met for its monthly meeting. After the meeting was over, the Healthy Living Committee held the annual Salsa Festival. If the students wanted, they could bring their favorite salsa and a vote was taken on who had the best. This year, 5 salsas were entered. First place was Tyler Layton, second was Jessie Schulze’s salsa, entered by Mr. Poulson, professor and FFA advisor from Pettisville.
The chapter is currently gearing up for other activities in October and November, including trap shooting, fall sales, an equipment safety day and a national convention.
-Submitted by Emma Salmi, journalist from Pettisville FFA