Chase holds annual Farm Day

Apr. 27, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

The Chase High School FFA alumni held its 2nd annual Farm Day at the school on Saturday. 

The event was held to raise money for the school's agriculture department and featured antique tractors, farm animals and food. 

"This is strictly for the kids. We want to raise money to support our agriculture students and FFA members," Jeff Brigman, event organizer, said. "Everything goes to the agriculture department." 

Brigman said the alumni group raises money to provide students with scholarships, send FFA members to the state convention and purchase agriculture equipment for the classrooms. 

Throughout the day there was a silent auction, blacksmithing demonstration and lawn mower obstacle course from Forest City Mowers. Attendees could test drive a lawn mower through the course and receive a free T-shirt.

"My favorite part of the day is meeting the people," Brigman said. "We have the best group of sponsors this year, they've been good to us. And the (agriculture) teachers are exceptional. They did a lot of the work to make this day possible." 

Farm animals included Black Angus cattle, Brahman cattle, donkeys, chickens and pigs. 

"It's (Farm Day ) is bigger than last year and there are more cows," said Chase FFA alumni Jerrica Dedmon, who brought cows from Dedmon Cattle Ranch. "It's nice and sunny and their haven't been any complaints." 

The alumni agreed that the fun-filled day is a great way to promote agriculture and the FFA.

"The FFA is good for teaching students values, leadership, work ethic and the agricultural sciences," Chivous Bradley, former Chase agriculture teacher, said. "I learned a lot of leadership when I was in it." 

If anyone is interested in joining the Chase High School FFA they can contact Jeff Brigman at 828-289-5722 or jeffbrigb4@gmail.com.