In Delta County, the conclusion of February break brings with it the beginning of National FFA Week for the Cedaredge FFA Chapter. Our members will celebrate the week themed "I Can, We Will," Feb. 25 through March 3. FFA Week allows ag students the opportunity to celebrate the organization they love, while at the same time educating the public, providing service to the community, and engaging in fun activities. With nearly 8,000 FFA chapters across the country, there are 650,000 members celebrating during this special week in agriculture education.
Since our beginning in 1981, the Cedaredge FFA has always made FFA Week a special time of celebration while focusing on our foundation of education, support and involvement. This year we will continue our mission of utilizing FFA Week to show our pride throughout our school and community, educate and inspire future agriculturalists, give back to our community, and generate sustainability and support for the FFA, while also having a lot of fun.
Our week will kick off with our traditional family church and barbecue where members and their families attend a local church service and join together for a potluck barbecue in the shop. This year following the barbecue, FFA members and their families take the opportunity to give back to the community through a day of service. In conjunction with Cedaredge Police Code Enforcement, members plan to help clean up local yards.
In an effort to share pride in our organization, and celebrate FFA, Monday will find the chapter member preparing a hamburger fry lunch with the entire high school. Cedaredge High students will enjoy burgers, beans, chips and cake provided in shared efforts with the Cedaredge FFA alumni.
Tuesday will be dedicated to teaching the elementary about agriculture and hopefully inspiring the youth to participate in FFA. With lessons ranging from soil, dairy products, the apple cycle, honey production, and equine sciences, the day is a favorite of many, both elementary students and FFA members.
The highlight of the week comes Wednesday with the annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and Member Auction. Uniquely the oyster fry is prepared entirely by the FFA members. An all-you-can-eat oyster and chicken dinner with endless sides is provided to nearly 400 community members. We invite everyone to a delicious meal followed with great entertainment and an opportunity to purchase students for spring clean-up and various work hours. The auction is designed to allow members to volunteer hours in the community, while providing service and labor to successful bidders in the auction. The dinner kicks off at 5:30, and auction commences at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $12 for adults and $7 for elementary students. The night promises good food, fun times and great laughs.
The festivities don't seem to slow down much as Thursday and Friday are filled with a teacher appreciation breakfast, barbecue and recruitment at the middle school, and ag Olympic games at the high school. Friday evening, the gym will be filled with FFA members and dodgeball as Cedaredge will host Hotchkiss and Delta FFA in a dodgeball tournament. Saturday concludes the week with a little relaxation and fun at the chapter trap shoot.
As you can see FFA Week for Cedaredge FFA will be dedicated to celebrating our organization through service, education, support and involvement. Please make sure you join us on Feb. 28 for the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and Member Auction.