From Feb. 17 to 23, FFA members across the nation, including in Sleepy Eye, celebrated National FFA Week.

From Feb. 17 to 23, FFA members across the nation celebrated National FFA Week. FFA Week is an exciting week for all members and alumni nationwide, as it celebrates 90 years of FFA tradition.

The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter was very active during FFA Week. To start off the week, on Saturday, Feb. 17, chapter members got to go on their reward trip to a Maverick’s hockey game in Mankato.

Tuesday, Feb. 20, was dedicated as Staff and Community Appreciation Day with an appreciation breakfast, prepared by the officer team, for the staff and supporters of the chapter. The Sleepy Eye FFA is grateful for the generosity and support of the community and staff of the schools in Sleepy Eye.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, was a “drive your tractor to school” day. Owen Braun, 10th grade FFA member, drove his John Deere to school.

On Thursday the FFA held Animal Carnival was held. FFA members brought in all kinds of livestock—llamas, chicks, piglets, goats, beef cattle, dairy calves, sheep, a miniature donkey and rabbits. The Animal Carnival welcomed pre-K through sixth grade students from Sleepy Eye Elementary and third grade students from St. Mary’s. The FFA members got the chance to teach the students all about agriculture and where their food comes from. It was super fun and a great learning experience for everyone.

On Friday night, 33 FFA members got together and pulled an all-nighter at the FFA Lock-In. The evening started with a black light dance for all seventh through 12th grade students, followed by games and activities all night long. In addition to local member, two state officers attended the dance and lock-in: Treasurer, Spencer Flood from Dassel-Cokato and Sentinel, Maddie Weninger from Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

There were dress up days all week, including Plaid Day, Ag Career-ER Day, Blue and Gold Day, and Freedom Friday, that all students could participate in. A daily emblem hunt also took place and the FFA Elementary coloring contest winners were also announced for St. Mary's third grade and K through six Sleepy Eye Elementary students. The students received prizes for participating and placing first through fourth in the contest.

On Feb. 26, the junior high FFA had their turn for some fun. Eighteen junior high members and six officers went to the Garage in Springfield for a couple rounds of bowling. The group enjoyed pizza and lots of door prizes as well.

FFA Week is a time to celebrate an organization that the members love and that has taught them so much. The FFA members of the Sleepy Eye Chapter are looking forward to the rest of the year, as they have Career Development Events, State FFA Convention, Chapter Officer Elections and end with the Chapter Banquet in May.