Elmwood FFA has busy summer PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 31 August 2013 08:27
Angelique Franks of Elmwood FFA presents a trophy to one of the class winners at the Pemberville Pedal Pull. The pull was one of two the chapter conducted this summer. (Photo courtesy of Elmwood FFA)
The Elmwood FFA kept busy over the summer.
The Wood County Fair brought about many honors for the chapter and its members.
The chapter's involvement allowed members to exhibit  livestock, crop and shop projects.  
Representing the Elmwood FFA in the king and queen contest were Lorne Strausbaugh and Chelsie Schmitz.
Several members received sweepstakes awards for their projects. The sweepstakes awards are presented to individuals who displayed the best project in a particular class.
Members who were awarded sweepstakes: Ashley Veryser, Meagan Wise, Jon Shinew, Jack Hagemeyer, Cassie Shaffer, Tyler Morlock, and Brandon Palmer.
Jack Hagemeyer received the Northwest Ohio Woodworker's Guild Award for Elmwood for his woodworking project.
Every year at the fair in the infield, the Tractor Operators Contest is held where participants have to maneuver a tractor and implement through designated markers. This year, Jack Hagemeyer participated and placed third.
Consuming a large portion of the chapter's time at the fair was operating a food stand. This was done in cooperation with the Wood County Beef Producers to promote beef.
More than 170 FFA members and adults worked more than 800 hours throughout the week to operate the stand.
When the week was completed, nearly 4,000 rib-eye sandwiches and more than 7,000 burgers had passed through the booth, along with 9,000 beverages.
Over the summer there were two pedal pulls that the chapter conducted. One of the pedal pulls took place at the Pemberville Free Fair on Aug. 15, and involved 76 youngsters.
There were six FFA members that helped with this event. The other pedal pull was at North Baltimore's Good Ole' Summer Time Festival. In North Baltimore's kiddie pull, there were approximately 34 contestants.
During the summer, the chapter received news about the status of the chapter's American Degree Candidates.
All six of the chapter's applicants were informed that they will receive the American Degree in early November.
Recipients include Mitch Emmett, Michelle Sander, Max Zyski, Vanessa Wagner, Sarah Laborie, and Justin Barndt.
Elmwod's six recipients were part of 282 successful candidates from Ohio.

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