Well, the 2011 Jackson County Fair is in the books and members of the Eagle Point FFA chapter had a busy week of activities. Things started on Sunday where the chapter officer team worked closely with Amanda Matchett, Christian Huelter, Shelbi Hangaard, Virginia Robertson and Mitchell Lonctot to design, develop and build a landscape display that garnered a second place banner.
Monday marked the delivery and weigh-in of market hogs and the annual market poultry show. Clay Devette was there with his turkey and Annie Scudder raised and exhibited a pen of roaster ducks. Both won their respective classes with Ms. Scudder earning the Champion FFA Poultry exhibit and the opportunity to sell her ducks in Wednesday’s auction to the tune of $65 per pound! The ducks were purchased by Paradigm Properties and donated back to Annie.
The eleven FFA members who exhibited their pigs all did very well. One special standout was first year member and novice showman Kristen Hanson who not only made the championship drive in Showmanship, but her calm and happy demeanor made her the Reserve Champion FFA Swine Showman. Way to go Kristen!
Eagle Point FFA hogs sold exceptionally well and averaged $.26/pound above the sale average of $6.40. We would like to thank the following buyers of our members’ livestock:
· Mariah Atchley – Grange Co-Op, Mountain View Paving
· Johnny Wilkerson – All Creatures Animal Hospital
· Brandon Dale – Dick and Wendy Earl
· Carly Wilkerson – Murphy Veneer and Murphy Plywood
· Clay Devette – R B Brown Trucking
· Jordan Stubbs – Paradigm Properties
· Jordan Tuttle – OnSite Screeners Inc.
· Kendra Ash – Sherm’s Food 4 Less
· Kristen Hanson – Desert Pump and Kennedy Fuel
· Theresa Cartwright – OnSite Screeners Inc.
· Tyler McFall – OnSite Screeners Inc.
Thursday marked the transition from pigs and poultry to Meat Goats and Market Steers. Emily Dulany, Christofer Duc’s, and Ashleigh Young all brought market goats and showed them very well. Ms. Dulany was so skilled, in fact, that she was selected as Champion FFA Goat showman and was then qualified for the Round Robin Master Showman contest that was held later in the week.
Thursday was also the day for the start of the Market Steer show. All eleven steers brought by EPFFA members looked good and were shown well. Karley Harshman was called back from the lightweight class of Market steers and Katie Deupree was rewarded for her smooth, attentive showing style and earned Reserve Champion Beef Showman in one of the toughest groups of showman seen in a very long time.
Friday was a chance to change gears away from livestock for a moment. The morning was the time for Ag- Mechanics judging and Eagle Point student Robert Hayes earned first place in the implement construction category. On Friday afternoon, students gathered in the Padgham Pavilion for the annual Flower Arranging Contest. Eagle Point had six entrants into the contest who performed and scored very well. Junior Jordan Tuttle came from the novice division to finish third overall behind two very strong Phoenix students.
A special thanks needs to be paid to Cathy Lopez of Heaven Scent Flowers for judging the event as well as the Medford Garden Club for a generous donation of funds that not only sponsored awards and allowed the Jackson County Ag Teachers to purchase equipment for the contest, but also provided three $200 scholarships…one of which was awarded to Eagle Point FFA member and graduate from the class of 2011 Christian Huelter.
Saturday returned the action to the livestock side of things. The livestock evaluation CDE took place in the Olsrud Arena in the morning with Emily Dulany proving best on the day and securing high individual honors. Also competing from Eagle Point were Clay Devette, Mitchell Lonctot, Nick Wolf, Annie Scudder, and Fiona Nevin.
Later that afternoon the Beef Buyers Barbeque provided an opportunity to eat and recharge before the sale started at 7:30. Once again, Eagle Point FFA exhibitors did very well and between the eleven students sold 14370 pounds of beef for a total gross income of $45,650 with the monies going directly to the student entrepreneurs. Buyers of Eagle Point FFA are as follows:
· Colton Curtis – Paradigm Properties
· Eli Alexander – Minute Markets
· Ricky Carillo – Paradigm Properties
· Katie Deupree – Herb Sutton
· Karley Harshman – Isler of Medford LLC
· Christine McCready – Premier West Bank and Central Point Rotary
· Emily Dulany – The Butcher Shop and Fumasi Ranch
· Holly Gordon – Artoff Costruction and BAB Inc.
· Alie Gomez – FAF Equipment Repair and J&A Sales and Leasing
· Cooper Wolf – Valley Electrical and Daniels Cattle Company
Of special note was the purchase of the steer of Jesse Stubbs. You see, Jesse made the decision to donate 15% of her check to breast cancer research. After hearing this George Johnston MD, Bruce Mitchell MD, Pain Management Specialists of Medford in a partnership with Paradigm Properties formed a consortium to not only buy the steer from Jesse allowing her to make over a $600 donation, but then turned around and donated the steer to Eagle Point FFA so the meat can be used for hamburgers to be sold at all home Eagle Point Home Varsity Football games. We at Eagle Point FFA are awed and humbled by the generosity of our members and the people who support us.
Sunday was the concluding day of the fair and was highlighted by the Round Robin Master Showman contest were all of the champion showmen of their respective species competed head to head by showing sheep, pigs, cattle and goats. Emily Dulany stayed steady and smooth to earn this years buckle and trophy. Congratulations Emily!
The day ended with the loading out of steers and the removal of all displays. It was a successful event. Between landscaping, crops, ag-mechanics, and livestock; Eagle Point FFA had over 40 members participating. In the Wednesday and Saturday auctions, entrepreneurial Eagle Point FFA members earned in total over $60,000 in checks made out directly to the members for their hard work and significant investment of money, effort and time.
Respectfully Submitted – Nick Wolf – Eagle Point FFA Reporter