Cedaredge FFA started the school year with a flurry of events. In August we sent eight students to show fruit and other produce at the Colorado State Fair. A special thanks to the following: Fritchman Orchards, Red Mountain Ranches, Mattics Orchard, Hulteen Orchard and Rogers Mesa Orchard, for their generous contribution of produce for the show. In September we held our annual tailgate party during the first Cedaredge home football game. The event was a huge success, feeding nearly 250 people despite a rainy afternoon. Thank you to Fritchman Orchards, Safeway, Hank Dyamond, JC Propane, Les Mergleman and Mountain Fresh Farms for your plentiful donations that allowed for such a tremendous event.
The fall was also full of excitement for the chapter. October found eight students experiencing the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. Some highlights of the trip included touring Churchill Downs, Keeneland Horse Race Track, Louisville Slugger and the motivational speakers at the convention. A special congratulations to Kaitlyn Kissner and James Osborne for receiving the highest award bestowed on FFA members, their American Degree.
The chapter focused on community service events in November and December. Two of these events included adopt-a-family and community food boxes. For adopt-a-family, we adopt a family in need in our community and provide Christmas presents and Christmas dinner. This year our chapter was able to provide a wonderful holiday season for two families. During community food boxes we help assemble and distribute food boxes in conjunction with the Surface Creek Food Bank.
The new year brought eight members to the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The educational trip included assisting in coordinating and assisting with the Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest, as well as touring a custom cowboy hat making shop, sledding and exploring the Stock Show.
Some additional activities that Cedaredge FFA has participated in this school year are serving food at a multitude of dinners and attending leadership conventions such as District Leadership Conference, BIG conference, and MFE/ALD. Our FFA chapter is extremely involved in our community.
Early spring will kick off some of the most exciting times for the chapter. Starting Feb. 21, Cedaredge FFA will be very busy with FFA week. On Sunday, FFA attended church at New Hope in Cedaredge. Monday was the all-school barbecue, and Tuesday was Ag in the Classroom at the elementary school. Wednesday is our annual oyster fry and member auction, Thursday is a middle school barbecue, Friday is Ag Olympics at the high school, and Saturday is trap shoot.
We would like to invite everyone to attend the Cedaredge FFA oyster fry and member auction, which is our biggest fundraiser. This unique event's proceeds allow our members to take advantage of numerous leadership training conferences, career development competitive events, educational field trips and additional experiences. Everyone is invited to our oyster fry. Adult tickets cost $12 and elementary students cost $7. During the auction, our members volunteer an eight-hour work day to successful community bidders. Our FFA students can do a multitude of jobs such as yard work, fixing fence, picking rock, housework and even bucking hay. Additionally our own Miss Rachael Latta, who is serving as a Colorado state FFA officer, will be up for auction in an effort to raise funds for her upcoming international agriculture experience to Africa. Come enjoy a delicious meal, buy hardworking students to do your heavy work for you, and support the Cedaredge FFA chapter.