FARM WORK: Mammoth Spring Middle School students, from left, Chris Young, Richard Pierce, Rylee Mullins (back), Whitney Mullins and Jessy Jo Vest work on a feeder during their Introduction to World Ag Class Feb. 21. Denny Young is the agriculture instructor and FFA advisor at the school. Photo Thompson
MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring FFA celebrated National FFA Week Feb. 19-23.
FFA reporter Seth Godwin reports the chapter has been busy this year with new projects.
Denny Young serves as the FFA adviser at Mammoth Spring School.
"We started off the year with a FFA fundraising drive. Members sold fruit, cookie dough and meat for a total of $20,256," Young said. He said the money raised was used for 11 club members to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
"We also used the money to distribute turkeys at Thanksgiving and Toys for Tots at Christmas. Our most recent fundraiser was for St. Jude. We raised $190 by selling projects that were built in various shop classes," Young said.
Godwin said his club is in the process of constructing a new welcome sign for Mammoth Spring.
Last week the club celebrated National FFA Week with a different activity every day. Tuesday was green hand day. Godwin said green hand is a term used for first year FFA members. First year students painted their hands green on Tuesday so every one would know they were first year FFA members.
Wednesday was farm day and all FFA members were encouraged to dress in their best farm attire to help recognize the people who Young said are the backbone of American agriculture. Students at the elementary school also got involved on Wednesday by dressing as farmers. The class with the most participants received a pizza party from the FFA. The officers of the FFA will deliver the pizza and have a presentation describing all the agriculture products used in the pizza.
Thursday was camouflage day to symbolize the wild life management aspect of agriculture.
Friday was blue and gold day to symbolize the colors of the National FFA. Members wore official FFA attire.
Young said awards for the best dressed FFA member for each day of the activities will be presented at the FFA lock-in on March 16.
The FFA adviser said several FFA activities are planned in the near future.
"We will be having a turkey calling contest March 10 in the multi-purpose building at the school. Several local and national vendors will be there with various sporting goods on display and for sale," Young said.
He said there will be a turkey calling seminar at noon for those interested in improving their turkey hunting skills. He said there will also be a Mammoth Spring High School turkey calling contest that will be sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
"The first place caller will compete at the Arkansas State High School Turkey Calling contest in Fort Smith March 24. Following the high school contest there will be a sanctioned calling contest sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Fulton County Full Strutters chapter of the NWTF," he said. The entry fee for this contest is $25 and is open to anyone who is a member of the NWTF. A cash prizes will be given to the first, second and third place winners.
Young said callers are also competing for a spot at the NWTF grand national calling contest.
The competition on March 10 will also include a owl-hooting contest that Young said is always fun to listen to.
Chapter members have built two trailers in welding class that will be given away the day of the calling contest. They are 5 feet by 8 feet with tilt ramps. Bids are currently being taken on the trailers and they can be seen at the school agriculture building.
Chapter officers are: Blake Friel, president; Travis Cox, vice president; Aaron Burke, secretary; Wes Davis, treasurer; Seth Godwin, reporter; Joe Amundson, sentinel; and Scott Smith, junior advisor.
"We want to thank the community for their support. Without them none of our success would have been possible," Young said.