Greatest Fair on Earth by: Allison Bena
Chickens, heifers, goats, oh my! El Campo FFA had yet another successful year at the Wharton County Youth Fair. Sweeping through with the most grand and reserve champions out of any other club, with a total of 46 Grand Champion honors and many Reserve Champion honors.
One of the main reasons all this was possible was because of our wonderful ag instructors here at El Campo High School, Mr. Wilson, Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Zahradnik. They make all this possible from helping you feed at the Ag Barn to giving you advice on the ways to show your animals. They each teach different high school courses to students. If a student is in one of these courses, they are eligible to be in FFA and participate in the fair.
Many people think that raising an animal in the fair is easy and “Anyone could do it” but that is not the truth at all. The truth is, many of these projects are year round and a lot of work. The kids have to be out there with their animal every day walking, brushing, and feeding it. Some projects are short and sweet, but some projects are long and drawn out. The poultry and rabbits often begin about two to three months before the fair. Lambs and Goats are purchased in October, pigs in January, and cattle is often either all year or purchased around September. Creative arts and ag mechanics are often started a month or two after you finish with the fair from the previous year.
This year Mr. Peters, who had worked as a FFA advisor for the last 9 years, said that about 117 students participated in the fair. He said that, “ The kids often use these projects to build commitment and responsibility.” When asked what his most prideful part about the fair is, Mr. Peters said, “In all reality, I think personal pride and self motivation goes further than anything I can do for the kids. Seeing them being awarded is probably the most rewarding thing for me.” “We had a great fair and we are looking forward to even better ones in the future.”