Sleepy Eye FFA chapter members had many different roles at the 2013 Brown County Fair held Aug. 7-11. Members showcased their crop and livestock projects and also helped run the FFA Kiddy Barnyard and FFA shows at the Brown County Fair.
The Sleepy Eye FFA chapter was very successful with their projects. The following are their placings and the resulting champions for exhibitors at the Brown County Fair.
FFA Dairy Show
Sabrina Portner: Brown Swiss Senior Champion (Jr. Two Year Old Cow); Brown Swiss Junior Champion (Winter Yearling Heifer); Overall Senior Champion
Bethany Seifert: Holstein Junior Champion (Jr. Heifer)
FFA Poultry Show
Jamie Fischer: Chicken Class Champion (Pen of Two Males)
Austin Trebesch: Duck Class Champion (Purebred Pen of One Male and Two Females)
Kolten Nienhaus: Chicken Class Reserve Champion (Purebred Pen of One Male and Two Females); Duck Class Reserve Champion (Purebred Pen of One Male and Females)
FFA Swine Show
Cassidy Hacker: Champion and Reserve Champion February Breeding Gilt; Champion Market Pen of Three Barrows
FFA Ag Mechanics
Eric Riederer: Reserve Champion Wood Working Project (Wood Planter)
FFA Crops Show
The crops show was a very large competition with over 500 samples. All of the crops will be displayed at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 22-Sept. 2.
CROP SHOW CHAMPIONS
Wheat: Hunter Rose
Ear Corn: Natalie Sellner
Miscellaneous: Hunter Rose
Oats: Hunter Rose
CROP SHOW RESERVE CHAMPIONS
Soybeans: Savanna Christensen
Ear Corn: Natalie Sellner
Miscellaneous: Jayden Fischer
Oats: Jamie Fischer
Shelled Corn: Natalie Sellner
The FFA chapters within Brown County also ran the FFA Kiddy Barn during the five days of the fair. It was a huge success thanks to the many FFA members from Sleepy Eye, Springfield and New Ulm who worked shifts during the fair, as well as the people who donated animals for the Kiddy Barn. Forty members of the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter participated in helping children have a great experience with baby animals and learning about farm safety while at the fair.
The FFA Kiddy Barnyard exhibited newborn farm animals donated by the Seifert and Portner families of Sleepy Eye, Ryan Farms Partnership and Sundown Creek Farms of Springfield, and Paulson Club Lambs of New Ulm.
Page 2 of 2 - The FFA Kiddy Barnyard also had an Agriculture Coloring and Activity Station, as well as a Safety Carnival. At the Safety Carnival, FFA members conducted several games with safety questions covering grain, ATVs, tractors and machinery, animals and chemicals. The members of the Sleepy Eye chapter had a great time teaching youth at the Kiddy Barnyard about animals and safety, as well as showcasing their FFA projects during the Brown County Fair.