FFA projects, displays 'best' of all Ohio fairs PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 August 2011 08:45
The local FFA chapters play a major role at the Wood County Fair each year.
As previously announced, this year Sara Boyle and Dylan Jacobs, both of the Otsego FFA chapter were crowned the queen and king for 2011.
Beyond that, there were 1,832 projects on display at the Junior Fair Building, an increase over last year. Those projects included crop, agricultural engineering, research, horticultural SAE/FFA photo story boards and agricultural science projects.
Six different judges took part in evaluating the various projects.
According to Mike Shertzer, FFA adviser and agricultural education instructor at Bowling Green High School, the Wood Count Fair FFA display by five county chapters is the best and largest of any fair in Ohio, including the Ohio State Fair.
In addition to Otsego and Bowling Green, Eastwood, Elmwood and Penta County Career Center chapters are all active at the fair.
The fair display featured 1,248 agronomy, horticulture and ag science projects on display. The tallest corn stalk measured 12-feet, 8-inches. These projects are all a result of each FFA member's supervised agricultural experience project, conducted as part of their studies in high school.
The best entry in each class is the "Sweepstakes Winner" of that class, with 29 winners this year. Bowling Green led the way with 11; Elmwood had seven; Eastwood, five; Otsego had four winners with Penta claiming two titles. (See separate listing below.)
There were also 584 agricultural engineering projects on display, an increase of 65 projects over last year. These projects were built in the high school labs as part of the hands-on aspect of teaching agriculture.
Projects included woodworking, metalworking, construction, electricity, plastics and engines. Projects ranged from picnic tables to furniture, electrical testers to forged chisels, welded projects to rebuilt engines and other labor-saving devices.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Northwest Ohio Woodworker's Guild sponsored an award for the best woodworking project from each FFA chapter. The purpose is to recognize the skills of youth in woodworking and promote the craft. This year's winners are Trey Yarger, Bowling Green, with a martin birdhouse; Logan Browne, Eastwood, paper towel holder; Cassie Shaffer, Elmwood, with a coffee table; and Rachel Johns, Otsego, for her end table.
(A photo and story on these winners will be featured in the annual Winner's Circle special section scheduled to be inserted in the Aug. 26 edition.)
Eastwood's chapter also features young animals for educational and entertainment purposes at its Babyland exhibit.
Penta FFA had a large landscaping display in front of the Junior Fair Building to welcome visitors. The display included shrubs, flowers and trees.
In addition to these projects, each FFA chapter displayed an educational booth highlighting various activities and promoting the FFA. There were also six FFA benches in front of the building to welcome fairgoers to the FFA display area.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:31

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