BEA students thrive at 103rd annual PA Farm Show
BEA students thrive at 103rd annual PA Farm Show
Brit Milazzo
Friday, January 25, 2019

With the Pennsylvania Farm Show in the recent past, it left BEA FFA in the spotlight, as it does every year. Students competed in rabbit competitions, tractor restoration and horticulture exhibits. Other students received their FFA jackets as official members of the national organization and four students earned their Keystone degrees.

Bald Eagle FFA had seven members attend the Mid-Winter FFA Convention where three of four first-year FFA members earned an FFA jacket through the State FFA Alumni Jacket Scholarship fund. These students submitted an application outlining why they should be chosen to receive the FFA jacket, and the winning recipients from Bald Eagle Area were Isaac Dechow, Clayton Liner and Hannah Trigg.

Two juniors and two seniors also received their Keystone Degree – the highest award the state can give to an FFA member. Students who earned their Keystone FFA degree were Caleb Cain, Alex Holt, Kyle Spicer and Samantha Trigg.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the state's equivalent of a state fair.  The goal of the event is to showcase Pennsylvania’s top industry, agriculture and all of its products. In total at this year’s exposition, there were 6,000 animals and 10,000 competitive exhibits.

During the event, the department chairman also approached ag teacher and FFA adviser Todd Biddle to help rewrite rules to better clarify judging in the future. Biddle said he will work with students and BEA engineering teacher Kathy Gee for rules specific to the miniature landscape and horticulture exhibits.

“I have been competing and judging agriculture events my entire life, often at the national level,” Biddle said. “I am very proud of all of the members not only in the quality of their exhibits, but also modeled out schoolwide positive behavior expectations.”

Next year’s event will be held Jan 6-13, 2020.

Highlights of student accomplishments from the livestock and other agriculture competitions include:

Rabbits (Department 31)
-Hailey Bucha: Third place Thrianta senior doe youth, fourth place Thrianta senior doe youth, and eighth place Thrianta senior doe youth.
-Rebecca Dean: Best opposite breed of a Californian rabbit, first place senior Californian buck youth, and fourth place Californian senior doe youth.
-Macey Hahn and Josh Zink: Second Place Tortoise Dutch Junior Doe Youth and third place Tortoise Dutch junior doe youth.
-Haley Hoover: Fourth place Tortoise Dutch junior doe youth.
-Ashton Julian: Best of breed youth Dutch rabbit, best chocolate youth Dutch, first place junior chocolate Dutch buck youth, and fourth place chocolate Dutch junior doe youth.
-Margaret Noll: First place tortoise Dutch senior doe youth and fourth place tortoise Dutch junior doe youth.
-Kyle Spicer: Best of Variety youth Chinchilla Dutch youth, first place senior Chinchilla buck Dutch youth, and 13th place youth meat pen youth.
-Emily Trigg: Best of Variety Rex open and first place broken senior doe open.
-Samantha Trigg: Second place tortoise Dutch senior buck open.
-Taylor Zimmerman: Third place chocolate Dutch junior doe youth and sixth place tortoise Dutch junior doe youth.

Agriculture education horticulture exhibits (Department 28)
-Blaine Egan: Second place backyard BBQ miniature garden..
-Judah Eveleth: First place backyard BBQ miniature garden
-Ashton Julian: Most creative miniature landscape exhibit in show and third place hardscape miniature landscape.
-Drew Koleno- second place hardscape miniature garden.
-Colton Rigg: Second place cottage garden.
-Kylie Swartz: Fifth place cottage garden.

Tractor restoration project (Department 35)
Cale Bennett, Caleb Cain, Hunter McCool, James McMaster, Christopher Robinson, Joseph Shawley and Namon Watkins

*Information contributed by Samantha Trigg