FFA Passport, equipment contest return
By Geoff Parks
For the Capital Press
Just in time for the Super Bowl in February, last year’s winner of the Northwest Ag Show’s inaugural FFA Passport drawing took home a big-screen television set.
This year’s winner will do the same, said Amy Patrick, the Ag Show’s director.
“We started the FFA Passport Program last year and had a really good response,” Patrick said. “Exhibitors — the first line of support for the FFA — come on board and say they want to be a part of it, make a $100 donation and receive a listing in our Passport.
“When people come to our show and purchase their entry ticket, we give them a Passport with all the exhibitors listed in it,” she said. “They then visit those exhibitors listed and get a stamp in their Passports, and for every 10 stamps they get an entry into the door prize drawing.”
She added that there will be several other drawings in addition to the big one featuring the TV as the grand prize.
Along with the FFA Passports, the group will also have its equipment competition, which in the past has featured hand-crafted trailers, implements and other unique items that put the spotlight on the skills FFA students have been learning.
The five contest categories include:
• Ag Machinery/Equipment: Hay equipment, spray equipment and implements.
• Shop/Livestock Equipment: Shop tools, electrical equipment, gates, panels, chutes.
• Trailers: Utility, bumper-pull, livestock, landscape.
• Recreational: Home and yard decorations or equipment and sports equipment.
• Restoration: Restored tractors, equipment, vehicles.
“The Pilot Rock FFA a few years ago pulled down a 15-foot motorcycle ramp to enter into the competition,” Patrick said, “so we get a lot of interesting items to show off. The Glide FFA came in with a hand-crafted wooden drift boat last year and the Silverton FFA brings in a lot of trailers — one year they brought a motorized cart.
“The competition is judged by the Ag Show’s exhibitors who do fabrication, so they know what to look for and can give the kids good feedback,” she said.
“We gave out $2,000 in five categories last year, along with 10 $300 travel scholarships and hope to be able to do that again this year,” she said.