As they say in show business, "thats a wrap!" the first-every FFA Field Days for Gridley High may be over but the memories and accolades will last a lifetime for the students and staff who worked so hard to put on a first-class event.
Planning an event with such epic results took months and seniors Taylor Santerre and Emma Sannar are to be commended for taking the initiative in leading this with advisors Jenny Kaslin, Matt Reed and Nick Dreesmann. To have the next week off for spring break certainly worked out well as all of the students and advisors deserve a break after all the hard work they put into this one day event.
The Saturday event, attended by over 370 students and 40 schools represented brought tons of knowledge both in the classroom and out on the field which stretched out to the Butte County Fairgrounds for livestock and all the way to the Stowe Ranch for the fruit tree contest, Contests held at the high school included AET Recordbook, Ag Pest, Ag Sales, Floral, Vegetable judging and Veterinary Science Skills. Light Horse judging was done at the Mardesich Arena and Farm Power was at the high school ag barn.
After a full morning of contests, the students were served a delicious tri tip sandwich lunch at Farmers Hall thanks to Branden Byrne and friends.
Students continued the contests until nearly 3 p.m., when a wide assortment of prizes were given out to the many schools and students participating. Gridley High FFA did not compete in their own event giving others a chance at the beautiful ribbons, engraved tumblers done in their own CET class, and gorgeous belt buckles.
Just a few of the FFA teams to compete were from Arbuckle, Tokay, Woodland , Galt Liberty Ranch, Sebastopol, McArthur, Livermore, Sutter, West Valley and Hamilton City.
Catching up with Gridley High Principal Justin Kern at the awards being given at Farmers Hall, filling the bleachers, Kern expressed his pride in this, the first-ever Field Days and how well the event went off.
Many congratulations to everyone who participated and represented our town so well.