Friday, July 15, 2016

FFA allows ag mechanics students to shine

Raising livestock isn't the only way that high school students in FFA prepare for entering their local fairs.

At the Shasta District Fair in June, dozens of tables, chairs, gardening equipment and other shop-class creations were displayed next to the livestock show arena.

Dustin McNeely, who will enter Shasta College's agricultural mechanics program in the fall, won a Best of Show for the garden cart he spent nearly the full school year working on in his high school wood shop class.

While the 19-year-old McNeely also brought a market hog to the fair, he likes the ag mechanics competition "because it gives you a chance to get in front of the public and show them what you can do and make a little extra money on the side," he said.

For more on this, see my story within the FFA ad display on page A13 of today's print edition of the Capital Press. To view the paper online, click here (subscription required).

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