California State Fair
With over 2 weeks of competition, the California State Fair hosts the best of best in their junior and open livestock shows. The Cal Expo Center in Sacramento is filled to the brim with a wide variety of species ranging from the largest horse to the smallest cavy.
This year Madera FFA had five members make the trip to Sacramento to exhibit their projects. The first week of the fair is designated for market livestock. Members commonly show swine, horse’s sheep, beef cattle, poultry and rabbits this week. Our chapter had members showing in the swine and rabbit shows.
The swine show boasted over 300 hogs in the breeding and market shows. Mikaela Dinis represented our chapter at the State Fair this year. Mikaela showed one of her hogs in the market barrow classes. Her barrow placed 2nd in class and was named the FFA Reserve Champion Yorkshire Barrow!
The chapter had three members exhibit their rabbits at the state fair. With most of their show rabbits being bred and raised in the schools rabbitry the members were excited to see how their home grown rabbits would fare against some of the best breeders in the state. Turns out they are on the right track, as their rabbits did very well winning or placing high in many classes. Their rabbits also won some big awards. Lesly Madriz received Best and Best Opposite of Breed in the French Lop classes. Her English Spot was also named Best of Breed. Carmen Cantu had multiple rabbits place at the top of their respective breeds and classes with her Polish wining Best Opposite of Breed. Jessica Sanchez had a great show wining Best of Breed New Zealand and Best of Breed and Best Opposite Satin. Her Satin went on to be named Best in Show at the State Fair.
In FFA rabbit showmanship the three girls did very well with all three placing in the top 10. Jessica Sanchez placed 7th, Lesly Madriz placed 6th and Carmen Cantu placed 1st and earned a spot in the State Fair Round Robin. The members ended the week off by working on the Fur and Feathers Task Force where they cared for all of the rabbits housed at the State Fair.
This year our chapter had two students compete in the State Fair Small Animal Round Robin competitions. Small animal round robin consists of students performing showmanship routines and answering questions for 5 species, rabbit, cavy, dog, poultry and pygmy goat. Carmen Cantu won 1st in FFA rabbit showmanship to earn her spot in the State Fair Round Robin. She competed against the 1st and 2nd place winners of the before mentioned species. She placed 5th placed overall. Arthur Cuevas competed in the Best of County Round Robin held at the State Fair. Arthur earned his spot in the competition by winning Small Animal Round Robin at Madera Fair. Round Robin Winners from each county fair from all over the state are eligible to compete.
Madera FFA is proud of what our members accomplished at the end of the 2019 California State Fair. They all experienced success and are eager to implement their new found knowledge in their SAE projects.