Although the Delaware State Fair is known for its fun food, rides and family entertainment, the purpose of the annual event is to further Agricultural education and awareness. A large part of this mission is accomplished by several local Future Farmers of America (FFA) groups throughout Delaware. This year, Milford brought over 40 students from Milford High School and 10 students from Milford Central Academy to show animals and compete in agricultural competitions from showmanship to tractor driving.
“ [The Delaware State Fair] gives our kids an opportunity to learn skills they cannot learn in the classroom,” said FFA advisor Chris Stahl. “They get to interact with members of other schools across the state that are doing the same thing they are doing.”
Refining their skills in the showing and sale of livestock, building displays, tractor driving and public speaking, these students learn that the agricultural industry is much more than farming. Sixteen-year-old Mary Torbert from Milford competed in swine showing but she states that she learned the most in the areas of responsibility and public speaking.
“Getting the experience to show livestock taught me a lot about responsibility and the hard work that goes into doing a job well,” said Torbert. “I have bad stage fright and this week has taught me to stay calm even in a tough environment.”
FFA advisor Caitlin Walton believes that the responsibility behind taking care of the animals is a key factor to the success these students see in and out of the classroom. Students began taking care of animals at the Milford High School in March as they feed, bathed and cared for the animals themselves. The demands of live animals is quite different than the usual homework or book report as these animals need constant care day in and day out, early in the morning and late at night.
“It gives them a taste of what hard work is like and also what reaping the rewards of that hard work feels like,” said Walton. “They have been raising these animals since March and you can really see that commitment as they show off their animals here at The Fair.”
Fifteen-year-old Curtis Sharp competed in swine showing and tractor driving. “I really enjoyed showing and meeting a lot of new people,” said Sharp. “It was very stressful as the competition was tough this year but I am a competitive person so I loved it. The FFA has taught me responsibility and the importance of a strong work ethic.”
Milford Senior High School FFA
Summer 2017 Activities
Delaware FFA June CDE Week
Food Science- 4th Place Team
Forestry- 4th Place Team
Cameron Maule- 8th Place Individual
Vet Science- 5th Place Team
Agriculture Mechanics- 4th Place Team
Washington Leadership Conference
Delaware State Fair
Chapter Landscape Display- 6th Place
Chapter Educational Display- 4th Place
Chapter Agricultural Products Display- 4th Place
Student Individual Entries
Thomas Beenick- 1st Place Best 4 Red Slicing Tomatoes without Stems
Thomas Beenick- 5th Place Best 6 Hot Peppers Other Than Cherry or Banana
Ty Cartwright- 2nd Place Best 4 Red Skin Potatoes
Ty Cartwright- 5th Place Best 3 Ears White Sweet Corn with Husk
Ryan Corr- 2nd Place Best Cantaloupe
Ryan Corr- 4th Place Best 4 Other Variety Potatoes
Hannah Fannin- 5th Place Best Shadow Box
Clay Johnson- 4th Place Best 3 Zucchini Squash
Clay Johnson- 5th Place Best 3 Long Green Cucumbers
Cole Neibert- 6th Place Best 3 Yellow Squash Crookneck
Alison Nordberg- 1st Place Best Gallon Jar Alfalfa Haylage Silage
Alison Nordberg- 2nd Place Best 4 White Onions
Alison Nordberg- 3rd Place Best Small Interior Woodworking 2”-12”
Alison Nordberg- 3rd Place Best Gallon Jar Corn Silage
Alison Nordberg- 3rd Place Best 6 Banana Peppers with Stems
Alison Nordberg- 4th Place Best 3 Ears Bicolor Sweet Corn with Husk
Alison Nordberg- 4th Place Best 4 Yellow Onions
Alison Nordberg- 5th Place Wooden Toolbox
Alison Nordberg- 6th Place Best 3 Ears White Sweet Corn with Husk
Alison Nordberg- 6th Place Best Single Stalk Corn Showing Base Roots
Kaitlyn Schafer- 5th Place Best Head of Cabbage
Curtis Sharp- 4th Place Best 5 Carrots with Tops
Megan Stevenson- 3rd Place Best 4 Red Slicing Tomatoes without Stems
Megan Stevenson- 3rd Place Best 4 Bell Peppers with Stems
Megan Stevenson- 4th Place Best 4 Red Skin Potatoes
Megan Stevenson- 5th Place Best 3 Yellow Squash Straightneck
Bryce Thompson- 5th Place Best 12 Red Cherry Tomatoes without Stems
Bryce Thompson- 5th Place Best 4 Red Skin Potatoes
Robbie Webb- 3rd Place Best 4 Red Skin Potatoes
Robbie Webb- 3rd Place Best 3 Zucchini Squash
Jacob Wiley- 1st Place Best Small Interior Woodworking 2” – 12”
Jacob Wiley- 2nd Place Best Small Interior Woodworking 13”-24”
Jacob Wiley- 5th Place Best Large Interior Woodworking 25” and above
Career Development Events
Poultry Judging CDE- 4th Place Team
Livestock Judging CDE- 2nd Place Team
Julia Adams- 1st Place Individual
Harley Lardner- 3rd Place Individual
Agronomy CDE- 3rd Place Team
Kaitlyn Schafer- 7th Place Individual
Tractor Driving/ Safe Equipment Operation CDE
Curtis Sharp- 3rd Place Individual
Dalton Nordberg- 4th Place Individual
Livestock Show Results
Curtis Sharp Showmanship 6th Place, Market Hog Class 6th Place, Barrow Class 6th Place.
Kacie Casper Showmanship 7th Place, Market Hog Class 2nd Place, Barrow Class 2nd Place.
Jaineil Johnson Showmanship 2nd Place, Market Hog Class 3rd Place, Barrow Class 3rd Place.
Mary Torbert Showmanship 1st Place, Barrow Class 7th Place.
Harley Lardner Showmanship 2nd Place, Market Hog Class 8th Place, Barrow Class 4th Place.
Dairy Cattle Showman
Harley Lardner Showmanship 8th Place, Breed Class 10th Place
Mackenzie VanVorst Showmanship 8th Place, Breed Class 3rd Place
Sage Culver Showmanship 3rd Place, Breed Class 13th Place
Julia Adams Showmanship 6th Place, Breed Class 9th Place
Bridget Hufnagel Showmanship 10th Place, Breed Class 10th Place
Taylor Wessel Showmanship 13th Place, Breed Class 9th Place
Mary Torbert Showmanship 7th Place, Breed Classes 6th and 5th Place
Samantha Remus Showmanship 7th Place, Breed Classes 9th and 6th Place
Ashlynn Freeman Showmanship 11th Place, Breed Classes 5th and 8th Place,
The Milford FFA would like to say thank you to all those who helped in any way with the Milford FFA Summer Program of Activities. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Outten Torbert for their tireless support during fair week.
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