For ten days every summer, Harrington hosts the Delaware State Fair. In addition to the rides, food, and concerts, hundreds of FFA members head to the fair to compete in various competitions. A group of over 30 students and 4 advisors represented the Milford FFA Chapter this year at the State Fair. The students compete in Career Development Events (CDEs), show livestock, and enter various entries such as vegetables, grains, and other projects. As a chapter, the students worked all summer to enter 3 chapter displays as well. The chapter did an outstanding job receiving many awards for their hard work over the past several months.
FFA members from Milford competed in many CDE’s including poultry judging, agriculture mechanics, forestry, agronomy and horse judging.
The poultry judging team was made up of Colby Miller, Eleanor Pittman, and Clay Shirey. They had to judge classes of cook and uncooked poultry items, give oral reasons, and a team activity. Individually, Clay placed 1st, Eleanor 2nd and Colby 4th. The team placed 1st.
The Agriculture mechanics placed 2nd in the state. The team was comprised of Patrick Galloway, Cameron Griffith and Brandi Paquette. The team had to troubleshoot an engine, weld, and take a written test.
Forestry CDE was held at Redden State Forest where the students had to identify trees, tee disorders, insects and forestry equipment. They also had to measure tree volume and walk through a compass activity. The team placed 1st and was comprised of Mikaela Hermstedt, Candice Reif, Michael Skivers and Mason Torbert. Mikaela placed 1st while Candice, Michael and Mason placed 3rd, 5th and 8th individually.
The agronomy team was made up of Melissa Blew, Kaelin Corr, Karri Corr and?Shannon Hollingsworth. The team had to identify weeds, seeds, insects, and judge several grains as well as take a written test. The team placed 1st. Kaelin placed 1st and Shannon and Melissa placed 3rd and 5th individually.
The horse judging team was made up of Dana Dittoe, Samantha Hunter, and Brittany Webb. They had to judge several classes of horses as well as oral reasons and written test. The team placed 2nd. Brittany placed 1st and Dana 3rd individually.
In addition to the CDEs, Milford FFA did extremely well in the displays and entries, which were on display all week in the 4-H/FFA building. The chapter Landscape display placed 5th, Horticulture display placed 5th, and Delaware Agricultural products display placed 4th. In terms of entries, Milford received 44 individual ribbons and 3 chapter ribbons.
All of these students spent countless hours studying and preparing for these events. They did an excellent job representing the Milford FFA Chapter. In addition, all 1st place teams will be representing Delaware at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October, while all 2nd place teams will be traveling to the Big E in Springfield, Mass in September. The Milford FFA Chapter will be taking 15 students to Big E and 18 students to the National FFA Convention to represent the state of Delaware in their respective competition. The Milford FFA Advisors, Judith Bruns, Scott Haldeman, Jack Newark, and Chris Stahl are extremely proud of the members who participated in this year’s events and their accomplishments.
Full Results from the Delaware State Fair can be found at https://new.delawarelive.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2012/07/2012_Milford_DelawareStateFair_Results-copy.doc .