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FFA Week means unusual activities for ag students

Staff writer

Peabody-Burns Vocational Agriculture instructor Gretchen Berns and her students have a weeklong list of activities in which they will participate beginning Monday. Some events will serve a limited audience and some will be open to the community.

Kicking off the week is the staff appreciation breakfast from 6 to 9 a.m. Monday in Cathy Silver’s FAC room, 209. School staff, FFA parents, and alumni are invited to enjoy breakfast burritos.

The following day FFA students will be preparing mountain oysters, hamburgers, and hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the vocational agriculture shop. Again, alumni, staff, and parents are invited to the school to eat with the vo-ag students.

Ag Olympics will be on the calendar during 6th and 7th hours — beginning at about 1:45 p.m. — Wednesday on the high school football practice field.

The events will be various activities meant to challenge one’s agricultural abilities.

“We hope to have school groups like FCCLA, the staff, BPA, student council, music groups, alumni, honor society, and others put together a team for the competition,” Berns said. “Ag Olympics are usually a lot of fun and the community is welcome to come and watch.”

The week of activities continues Thursday with a chili cook-off and labor auction.

“The chili competition will begin about 6 p.m. in the shop,” Berns said. “Anyone is welcome to bring a pot of chili. Contestants need to have the chili there about 15 minutes prior to the judging.

“There are two cash prizes, $40 for first place and $20 for second. After the chili cook-off we will hold the labor auction with all FFA members being sold.”

Berns said anyone in the community is welcome to enter the chili cook off or purchase the students’ labor hours.

“We hope to see a good crowd supporting FFA,” she said.

On Friday, the final day of activities, FFA students will host a petting zoo from 1 to 3 p.m. at the elementary school playground. Again, the event will be open to the public.

“We have a great group of kids in FFA and this is a chance for the community to see what they do,” Berns said.

Last modified Feb. 18, 2015

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