FFA finishes fair season strong

The end of summer means fair time for many people, and for numerous Norwood Young America FFA members, it’s no different. Students took part in multiple fairs, represented the chapter well, and found success along the way.

At the Carver County Fair in Waconia, many NYA FFA members exhibited livestock in the fair’s dairy, beef, hog, and swine shows. The chapter also worked with the other advisors and groups in the county to put on the FFA Children’s Barnyard. As usual, the recently-hatched chicks were a popular attraction.

Also during the fair was the youth dairy judging event. Between 4-H and FFA teams, roughly two dozen students from as far away as Washington County took part. Students from one of the Carver County 4-H teams won the 4-H division.

The winning FFA team was NYA and consisted of Jennifer Oelfke, Claire Stuewe, and April Feist.

The Minnesota State Fair has proven to be another venue for NYA FFA success in recent years. On the first day of the fair, a partial team of Caleb Vinkemeier and Alec Tober judged dairy cattle, earning valuable experience. It also gave them the chance to be among the first people to visit the newly opened AgStar Arena at the State Fairgrounds.

Throughout the first week of the fair, Samantha Wickenhauser once again was selected and worked at the ever-popular Miracle of Birth Center.

NYA FFA also did well at the annual Minnesota State Fair FFA Livestock Show. Carley Vinkemeier did very well as both her purebred Jersey and Holstein-Jersey crossbred cows earned grand champion honors in their respective categories. Vinkemeier was also among the top showmanship competitors in that part of the day’s events.
Wickenhauser returned to the fair to show several dairy animals and earned grand champion Brown Swiss status at the FFA show again this year.