|Apple polishes off tractor win|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor|
|Saturday, 04 August 2012 07:47|
The third time was the charm for Henry Apple as he claimed the championship of the annual FFA Tractor Operator's competition at the Wood County Fair.
Tuesday morning Apple from Bowling Green FFA, and other representatives from the county's FFA chapters gathered and tested their skills in maneuvering both a two-wheeled manure spreader and a four-wheeled wagon.
Apple said that having competed in this event previously helped him in winning this year. His first two years he was sixth and fifth place.
"I had the little things figured out," Apple said. "I'm really excited."
Calling the win a "great joy" for him, he said, "This will make the week a lot better."
Interestingly, Apple was the first one to negotiate the course with the manure spreader. After he struggled a bit, organizers realized the lanes of travel were too narrow and widened the course for the other contestants.
Finishing second behind Apple was Robert Sigler of Elmwood FFA; with Ben Thomas from Otsego FFA in third.
Sigler attributed his success to practicing at home prior to the event. He was pleased with his position. This was the first year for the junior to participate.
"The wagon was definitely harder to back up than the manure spreader," Thomas said of the two parts to the event.
He said he was pleased with his effort, but was not sure he would place.
Each of the top three received a trophy and rosette for their efforts.
Two entries were accepted from the participating schools including Eastwood. Penta Career Center's FFA program did not field any entrants.
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