For most students summer is a time for staying up all night, hanging out with friends, and keeping away from school. For the members of the Madera FFA show team, it is pretty much the complete opposite. For the past few months members have been spending countless hours every day at the school farm preparing their animals for the Madera County Fair. This year we have a solid 45 member show team, that consists of rabbits, turkeys, horses, beef cattle, dairy replacement heifers, sheep, chickens, and swine.
On Saturday, August 27th the chapter had two members participate in the fair’s horse show. Deme Marical and Leslie Arevallo participated in both the western horse show on Saturday and the gymkhana on Sunday. The girls brought home numerous awards including 2nd and 3rd in Advanced FFA Showmanship.
The following weekend, September 3rd the small animals were being exhibited at the fairgrounds. The chapter had seventeen members showing in the poultry and rabbit show. The rabbit show team had a great day, with many members bringing home awards. Highlights include Camren Jacinto winning Reserve Supreme Champion Meat Rabbit, Amandeep Kaur winning Reserve Grand Champion Single Fryer and Danny Joya winning Best of Breed in the All Other Heavy Weight Division. In the poultry show Gerardo Padilla’s chicken meat pen was named the FFA Champion and Savanna Brown’s chicken meat pen was named Reserve FFA Champion. Deme Marical placed 1st in Advanced FFA Showmanship and her market turkey was named Supreme Champion Market Bird. Stephanie Montes had the Reserve Champion FFA Market Turkey and placed 1st in Novice Showmanship. All the members placed well in advanced showmanship with many in the top eight and Frank Chavira placing 2nd.
Wednesday, September 7th, the swine and steers were showing at the fair. In the steer show, Frank Chavira placed 3rd in Advanced FFA Showmanship and 2nd with his market steer in his market class. The swine show was quite eventful with the members placing in their market, breeding and showmanship classes. Adrian Alvarez had a Yorkshire market hog that was named Reserve FFA Champion Yorkshire. In showmanship Nicole Ramirez placed 1st in Novice Showmanship, Daniel Becerra placed 2nd and Celeste Alvarez placed 5th. Luis Cervantes place fourth in a competitive Advanced FFA Showmanship class.
Being held on Thursday were the sheep and dairy shows. Jose Ortega and Gilberto Ortega placed 1st and 2nd in Novice FFA Showmanship, with Liam Cavaletto placing 7th in Intermediate FFA Showmanship. In the replacement dairy heifer show, all three members had heifers place in the top ten of the class. In the sheep show the seven members brought home a wide variety of placings in the market classes. Nicole Rider’s market lamb was named the Reserve FFA Market Lamb and Kimberlina Santos’ lamb was named Champion Feeder. In the breeding sheep show, Chad Martinez had his Ram named Champion Grade Ram. In the showmanship ring Nicole Rider placed 1st in advanced showmanship and Tyler Burkhalter placed ______, with ____________ placing ____________.
Friday was a special night for the chapter as we had 2 members competing in the fair’s round robin competition. Deme Marical represented turkeys in the fairs small animal round robin. She showed four other species including dog, rabbits and chickens against the winners of each specie to be named the winner of the small animal round robin. Nicole Rider represented sheep in the large animal advanced round robin, showing against the winners of dairy cattle, dairy goat, market goat, beef cattle, swine and horse. Nicole placed first and was named the winner of the advanced large animal round robin contest. This marks a first in the Madera Fair’s history that FFA large and small animal round robin was won by one chapter.
Just when the chapter thought things couldn’t get better more awards were won at the awards luncheon on Sunday, September 11th. The dairy and swine show teams both earned the honor of the Clean Barn Award. Carmen Jacinto was named the Outstanding Rabbit Exhibitor (1-5 rabbits), Deme Marical was named the Outstanding Poultry Exhibitor (1-5 birds) and Nicole Rider was named the Outstanding FFA Sheep Exhibitor.
The chapter is extremely proud of all the members who participated in this year’s Madera Fair. Madera FFA would like to thank all of the parents, family, teachers, administration and community members who have supported them this past summer and at the fair. Without your continuous support our chapter would not accomplish as much as it has.