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 students and advisors represented the Milford FFA Chapter again this year at the State Fair. The students, showed livestock, competed in Career Development Events and entered various entries such as vegetables, grains, and other projects.
Every morning at 5:30am members of the Milford FFA were at the livestock barns to begin the daily care for their show animals including pigs and sheep. Contrary to popular belief, many of the Milford FFA students do not have a family farm or prior experience with showing animals before they join the organization through the Milford School District.
“What is really great about [Milford FFA] is that many students do not have the opportunity to raise animals at home but now they can have the experience through this program,” commented Ellie Pittman, Milford FFA Vice President. “Fair week gives us all a chance to watch the animals and gain hands on experience.”
In addition to showing livestock at the fair, Milford FFA students compete in Career Development Events (CDEs) including poultry judging, agriculture mechanics, forestry, agronomy and horse judging. These events aim to prepare each student for a future career in the field of Agriculture by putting their classroom knowledge into practice.
“Milford FFA is about more than just classroom learning,” commented Milford FFA President Colby Miller. “The CDEs allow us to take those classroom skills and put them into real world practice.”
All FFA students spent countless hours studying and preparing for these events as they represented the future of the Milford agricultural community. “Fair week is stressful,” commented Miller. “We are trying to do our best as showmen but have to make sure that we are taking great care of our animals at the same time.”
All first place teams will be representing Delaware at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY in October, while all second place teams will be traveling to the Big E in Springfield, Mass in September.