The 13th annual Blinn College Ag Mechanics Project Show drew a record 152 entries from 60 schools around the state Wednesday afternoon at the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex.
Shane Kirts of Era High School FFA was named grand champion with his restoration of a 1967 Allis Chalmers tractor and Cody Garrett of Cuero FFA was named reserve grand champion for his 57-foot semi livestock trailer.
The 152 projects mark an all-time best for the show. The top three entries in each division received Blinn scholarships.
“In our 13 years, this year was the biggest and the best,” show co-founder and Agricultural Sciences Professor Johnnie Schroeder said.
The show featured projects developed and designed by students in high school FFA chapters and county 4-H clubs. Students worked 300-400 hours on some projects, which were then judged on quality and showmanship. Projects included agriculture machinery and equipment; livestock equipment; trailers; recreational items including barbecue pits, picnic tables, metal and wood furniture, entrance gates, deer blinds, animal traps and horticulture products; and engines and reconditioned tractors.
Demonstrations in welding, cutting and power tools were held throughout the day. The show also included welding, metal-cutting, wildlife and horticulture contests.
The Blinn Agricultural Sciences Program is roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state and offers agriculture classes on all of its campuses, with the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex serving as the program’s hub.
In addition to its excellence in the classroom, Blinn offers extracurricular educational activities in the areas of livestock judging, agriculture club, wildlife, agriculture mechanics, horticulture and agriculture sciences.
For more information on Blinn’s ag science program, visit: www.blinn.edu/agriculture.
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