Over the summer, Quincy FFA students kept busy despite COVID-19 altering their normal activities.
The main activities that FFA members were a part of this summer were highway crop signs with the Quincy Rotarians, yard cleanup for Jeannie Kiehn and animal projects, according to Mike Wallace, a Quincy High School FFA advisor.
Due to the cancellation of the Grant County Fair, a lot of FFA members were left with animals that they were responsible for, but did not have a clear way to sell or receive recognition for their hard work. Members of the Grant County Fair Livestock Committee were able to put together a plan that was approved by the Governor’s Office to hold an online judging and auction.
With the new online judging and auction, students dropped off their animals at the show. Then they could view the outcome of the judging on the Grant County Fair’s YouTube page. The sale was done online through Yarbro’s Auctioneer Service and the students will be receiving their checks in the mail quicker this year due to the ease of collection through the online sale format, Wallace said .
According to a press release from the Grant County Fair, about 250 animals were registered for the event, which was more than was expected, despite this registration number being down by more than 50% compared to prior years.
There were plenty of exhibitors this year from Quincy FFA. Jane Kennedy, Madison Lee, Cade Westra and Chloe Westra exhibited swine. Kylie Breeden exhibited a hen from her flock to the fair’s poultry show. Evan Avila and Damon Sahli exhibited goats and won Grand Champion and Reserve Champion respectively in the market goat division. The beef exhibitors this year were Sarahi Dominguez, Daisy Dominguez, Nate Gonzalez, Aileen Perez, Stacia Sarty and Brody Wallace. Brody Wallace was Reserve Champion Market Steer.
Some FFA members who raised animals but did not show them in the fair were Taran Brown, Myles Lee and Patric White for swine. These members were able to sell their animals private treaty before the show to members of the community. Alex Aguila raised a goat and plans to sell it locally this summer. Cooper Raap raised steers to show this year but sold his private treaty before the fair.
At the Perseverance Open Steer Show Aug. 17, three FFA members showed their animals and received awards. Cooper Raap was Grand Champion Division 2 Showman, Aileen Perez was Reserve Champion Novice Showman and Brody Wallace was Reserve Champion Division 1 Showman.
Wallace said he wants to thank all of the community members who supported the FFA members with their projects this year. “It takes a village to raise a child, and thankfully we live in a pretty awesome village,” Wallace said.