The Future Farmers of America chapter at Turlock Christian had a successful turnout at the Stanislaus County Fair last month. Increasing their number of showmen from six to 19 this year, TC FFA showcased a total of 21 animals and brought home a number of awards, including Supreme Champion Market Lamb.
“It was an awesome event,” said Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor Hannah Ewing. “I was blown away by how well the kids did.”
In 2012, TC became the first private school in California to start a FFA chapter. Approaching their third year, the TC FFA program nearly tripled its membership from 31 members to approximately 88 members for the upcoming school year. TC’s work ethic and community support prove that they have what it takes to compete with other veteran FFA chapters in the community.
At last month’s fair, TC’s showmen made an impression by bringing home numerous awards and earning well-deserved recognition for their hard work. The showmen’s expertise with sheep, goats, hogs, dairy heifers, rabbits, and chickens was made clear as they showcased their animals with the utmost control.
Amidst other awards, first year showman Victoria Vieira was honored with the title of Supreme Champion Market Lamb, meaning that her lamb, Sir Theodore, was the best out of the almost 200 other lambs shown at the fair. All of Vieira’s time spent walking Sir Theodore and her hard work throughout the year gave her the advantage she needed to claim the esteemed title.
Ewing is grateful for the FFA program at TC because it allows students to connect with each other by taking care of animals and gives them direction with what they ultimately want to do with their life.
“The FFA program is very important to Turlock Christian because it really rounds out a student and helps get them ready for college,” said Ewing. “I think the students know that it this is something that will definitely help them in the future as well.”
Now that the fair is behind them, the TC FFA chapter looks forward to hosting their second “Ag Day” during National FFA Week in February and attending the California State FFA Conference.