Twenty-nine members of the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter worked at a booth for the Red BrownVille Farm Safety For Just Kids Chapter on Aug. 6-8 at Farmfest. Members who attended include Erin Kotten, Cori Deming, Derek Haala, Brandon Roiger, Miranda McMullen, Ashley Johnson, Josie Scheiffert, Jeni Kotten, Ashley Helget, Kacie Goblirsch, Kolten Neinhaus, Jamie Fischer, Kaylee Hilmer, Marisa Martinez, Lane Trebesch, Stephanie Hammerschmidt, Jordyn Domeier, Ken Capacia, Karrah Remus, Lauren Laffen, Allie Helget, Chris Linan, Colton Gemmill, Matt Pulley, Austin Trebesch, Brandon Roiger, Brandon Polesky, David Jasso and Hunter Rose.
The major role of the FFA members was to conduct the Safety Carnival activities each day of Farmfest. The carnival activities included I Spy a Farm Hazard, Flowing and Bridging Grain, Tractor Safety, 911 Simulator, Auger Safety, Chemical Safety and Pinch Points (chains and belts). Other areas of the booth included a Safety Trivia Plinko game by the Redwood Area Hospital employees and the Tug-of-War with Grain staffed by Monsanto Company.
At the booth, several different types of prizes were given away to those who played the safety games and learned through the safety demonstrations. These prizes included water bottles, flashlights, first aid kits, pencils, pens, cinch bags and safety coloring books. The money to purchase prizes was donated by United Farm Credit Services, Corn Capital Innovations and the Redwood Area Hospital. Monsanto donated the RedBrownVille tee shirts that the FFA members wore while working at the booth. The Safety Carnival activities were conducted in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Tent.
When entering the tent, the youth were provided with a punch card which they took to each activity. When the youth had all 10 punches, they received a prize. The purpose of the booth that was in conjunction with the Minnesota Farm Bureau, was to inform youth and adults about the dangers on farms and to always have safety foremost in their minds.
Many RedBrownVille Chapter members worked at the booth to make it successful. They included members of the Redwood Hospital and Monsanto, as well as Sleepy Eye, Wabasso and Cedar Mountain FFA members. The mission of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids is to promote a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries and fatalities to children and youth.