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Elgin FFA takes Top Honors at OYE Ag Mechanics Contest

Thu, 11 Mar 2021 08:50:25 CST

Elgin FFA takes Top Honors at OYE Ag Mechanics Contest The Ag Mechanics show wrapped up yesterday at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. The Ag Mechanics contest is providing an opportunity for Oklahoma 4-H and FFA members to display projects constructed by students, to promote the development of skills in agricultural mechanics through competition and to recognize their accomplishments.

There were 108 entries this year, which is a big increase from last year. Elgin FFA took Top Honors with a multipurpose hay trailer the boys built. Associate Farm Director, KC Sheperd, spoke with the Elgin FFA about their journey in Ag Mechanics. The crew said after seeing all the entries from last year, they knew they had to up their game for this years competition, "Last year we didn't go as big, and this year we wanted to go as big as we can to bring home some cool stuff."

The Senior boys said they are looking forward to passing the torch onto others in FFA to continue their winning streak, "As we were building the trailer, we really liked teaching the younger kids, and getting them more involved. As our Ag community is growing we need more people and more leaders involved in the FFA, and more people to do these competitions because this is the 2nd year we've done it, and we're trying to build it up and make it a really big thing."

Members of the winning team include: Gavin Smalley, Cade Janda, Dillon Pestun and Gavin Hollars.

Reserve Grand went to Frontier FFA's Brayden Rexford with his 7 bale, inline trailer. Rexford said his idea was to make a safe trailer, "I wanted to get rid of the bar, because I've been hit by that bar and it hurts! If your trailer is tilted sideways it won't dump, so I wanted to put hydraulics on it to help it dump and to be more safe." Rexford plans on returning next year with another entry for the Ag Mechanics competition.

Bronze Medallion: Morrison FFA

The cash prizes have increased this year from $20,000 to $25,000, and all the exhibitors were exicited to recieve prizes from all of the great sponsors including safety goggles, welding hats, gift cards, welding units, and more!

Click on the attached PDF to see all the winners from the Ag Mechanics Show.

Our Coverage of the 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo can be heard daily on great radio stations that cover Oklahoma and that are a part of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- on the internet-

Our reports of the 2020 OYE can be found on the Blue Green Gazette page- available here.

We will be adding pictures daily to our official 2020 OYE Album of Photos on FLICKR, found here.

For more information about the Oklahoma Youth Expo, click here for the home page of the OYE website.



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