As August hit the Dayton FFA, it was full of ribbons, corn dogs, rides, and the sweet smell of animals at the Yamhill County Fair. 91 kids from 6th - 12th grade came dressed in their blue jackets from August 1 through 4 to show off the effort they put towards taming their animals, and to have fun competing and getting to meet people from other FFA chapters and 4-H clubs. Hogs, lambs, steers, and rabbits were the animals that we saw our members washing, and walking along side. Zach Bernards’ lamb won FFA Champion Market Lamb, and Katey Harris’ lamb was chosen as the FFA Reserve Champion Market Lamb. Luke Wildhaber was selected as the FFA Sheep Showman, and advanced to the Master Showmanship contest where he won Reserve Champion. Moving on to the swine barn, Jacob DesMet swept the field winning FFA and overall Champion Market hog. In showmanship for hogs, Keeanna West was the Reserve Champion. Kristi Harmon dominated when it came to steers. She had the FFA Reserve Champion Market Steer, was Champion in both advanced and overall steer showmanship. Beth Nygren represented the Dayton FFA well taking both Champion in market and showmanship with her rabbits. As a whole chapter, we were recognized with the awards of outstanding swine exhibit, outstand sheep exhibit, outstanding goat exhibit, 1st advanced livestock judging, and 1st beginning livestock judging. It was the perfect start to a month full of fair.
Two weeks later, the animals were loaded up again with 18 members in tow, to the Oregon State Fair. The hard work paid off, for all the exhibiters winning Overall Premier Chapter Exhibitors and Best Chapter Nursery Exhibit. Individually, Kristi Harmon won Premier Sheep Exhibitor. Ashley Hatfield was the Sheep Showmanship Champion for novice, and Virginia Ring took Reserve Champion for sheep showmanship.
While school has begun, we can look back and be proud of the blue ribbons we won, and memories made.