KINGSBURG – Farm students at Kingsburg High have jump started the school year with a number of activities. The Future Farmers of America chapter reporter Brooklynn Young says their leadership team has been to boot camp, a number of welcome back activities have taken place and now the students are preparing to show animals at the Fresno Fair.

Retreat/boot camp

The Kingsburg FFA Officer Team kicked off the school year with a retreat from Aug. 11-14 where they participated in a number of team-building activities. Secretary Morgan Waldner says she’s looking forward to the new outreach experiences this school year. “Our theme of the year is ‘Rooted in Community’ and we’re hoping this theme will influence all the events held by the chapter this year,” she said.

During the retreat, officers worked together to build better communication, grow together, plan out their year of service and learn how to better their community. They also took part in obstacle courses and used teamwork to overcome walls, both mentally and physically.

Back to School

“Kingsburg FFA has kicked off this school year with energy and passion, bringing excitement to their members,” Young said.

New members were invited to an ice-cream social on Aug. 24, parents new to FFA attended an informational meeting on Aug. 28 and all members were welcomed at a back-to-school barbecue on Aug. 30.

“The ice cream social had great attendance. The freshmen are excited for what FFA has in store for them. The informational meeting for parents was a great time for parents to learn more about the FFA program and how they can get involved. Finally, the back-to-school barbecue was a huge hit amongst the members,” Young said. “Members met new friends, competed in the ultimate tug-of-war game of Kunjabi Kan-Kan and shared in a great meal prepared by one of our ag teachers, Brian Donovan. Kingsburg FFA is so excited for this next year of being rooted in community.”

Showmanship Extravaganza

Kingsburg FFA students prepared for the upcoming Big Fresno Fair by honing their showmanship skills during a Sept. 9 Showmanship Extravaganza. Young said that more than 60 students showed in full uniform and practiced how to show many breeds of animals including goats, sheep, dairy heifers, beef steers, pigs and rabbits. Most showmanship rounds included a novice category as well as an advanced category, followed by a finals round. Judges were brought in for each breed. Those judges included Jake Vickers for goats, Dean and Shelby Kautz for sheep, Dave Bremmel for dairy, Jean Myers for beef and Toushulong Vang and Lillie Lower for rabbits.

“The students would also like to thank the Kingsburg Ag Boosters for serving grilled peaches and ice cream throughout the hot night. Kingsburg FFA is so excited for what the Fresno Fair has to offer and they are ready for the showmanship competitions in store,” Young said.

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