By Pam Dudding
The first annual Future Farmers of America and Agricultural Department Fair drew much attention and many visitors to Craig County High School on Saturday, May 14. Though the downpour of rain washed everyone inside, it didn’t dampen the spirits.
It was obvious that much work had gone into planning the event. There were vendors set up side by side down several halls, animals were set up outside to pet and the new covered awning had been completed for the cows to stand under while the pouring rain continued to come down. They also had games set up in the secondary gym where kids of all ages could enjoy searching for animals in the sand, roping a steer, feeding the pig, playing floor games and much more. Laughter was all around, and people seemed to enjoy helping to make it a successful day.
They also had a large variety of plants for sale that the students had grown themselves in their greenhouse.
Vendors had everything from yarn weaving to handmade crafts, wooden beauties of all kinds, handmade afghans, keychains, clothes, earrings, Scentsy, plants, books by the hundreds and much more. The Farm Bureau ladies had a beautiful quilt they were selling raffle tickets for as well as other items. The Garden Club was selling wonderful flowers and plants and the VFW was helping to educate people about their local post. There was something for everyone there.
The boys’ basketball team seemed to always have a line, as they could barely keep up with the hot dog sales. The sweet aroma of Kettle corn drew many people into buying it as well. One could eat in the cafeteria while enjoying live music, by The Dudding Boys and Friends as Joey Mayo provided the high-quality sound system.
The FFA and Ag students were very grateful to the community for pitching in to help, both vendors and those who purchased from the vendors. Their sights are set high as these funds will help them to continue to build more onto their new Land Lab which they are excited to have.
Any donations are greatly appreciated to bring their visions to fruition and their education to a higher standard of learning, hands on.