Twenty-eight FFA members from Sleepy Eye traveled to Farmfest, Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, to teach youth attendees about various areas of farm safety.

Twenty-eight FFA members from Sleepy Eye traveled to Farmfest, Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, to teach youth attendees about various areas of farm safety. The following members attended: Asha Schmid, Morgan Hoffmann, Sophie Portner, Abby Hoffmann, McKenna Dockter, Maranda Braulick, Cassidy Hoffmann, Martina Nienhaus, Brittney Dittbenner, Cali Rossbach, Juan Cortez, Kevin Montemayor, Katelyn Capacia, Liv Nelson, Presley Bauer, Jake Price, Miah Brown, Millicent Sorenson, Adam Johnson, Logan Mickelson, Jack Schroepfer, Sandy Flores, Alyssa Romberg, Paige Romberg, Kalli Christensen, Emma Fischer, Trey Heiderscheidt, and Edwin Flores. FFA advisors, Nathan McMullen and Mary Hoffmann, along with the summer intern, Donavan Phoenix also attended the event.

The Sleepy Eye FFA worked with the RedBrownVille Farm Safety for Just Kids chapter which is sponsored by AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Kibble Equipment Inc., Farmward/Ag. Quest, Land ‘O’ Lakes, Redwood Area Hospital, Redwood Area Chamber Ag. Committee, and Monsanto. Farm Safety for Just Kids is a collaboration of Redwood, Brown and Renville counties, who have worked together since 2006 to help inform and prevent injuries and accidents on the farm and around machinery, making the farm a safer place by showing kids the danger in certain situations.

The youth who attended had the opportunity to play 10 safety games or demonstrations including: Pinch Points (Chains and Belts), Tractor Safety, Auger Safety, Wheel of Misfortune, Plinko (Farm Safety Trivia), Bridged Grain, Gravity Wagon Safety, Chemical Safety, Tug of War with Grain, and a 911 Simulator. Kids were given a card that was marked off at each station, and when they finished they were given prizes. The prizes included pencils, hot/cold packs, water bottles, bags, safety coloring books, sunscreen lip balm, bandaids, and flashlights.

Sleepy Eye FFA worked along with the Springfield, Cedar Mountain, and Wabasso FFA Chapters and several Monsanto employees who ran the Chemical Safety portion and the Tug of War with Grain. All of the members who volunteered their time at the safety carnival successfully helped inform over 370 youth and their families, while making it a fun experience for those who came. If you would like to be a part of Farm Safety Just for Kids feel free to contact Mary Hoffmann, FFA advisor at Sleepy Eye Public School.