Learning grows down the hall

Published 4:37 pm Thursday, January 15, 2009

Located just down the halls of Montevallo High School is one of the largest agricultural organizations in the state known as the Montevallo FFA Chapter.

We are a group of people working together toward a common goal –– teaching the importance of agriculture.

Farm Day is the main event hosted by Montevallo FFA. This year will be Montevallo High’s fifth–annual Farm Day. The purpose of Farm Day is to give people a better understanding of agriculture. It’s grown so large this year that all the tents cover both the band field and football field.

For example, the demonstration tent shows how to milk a cow, make corn meal and how to make cheese. Under another tent, the main stage is set up. A half-hour long skit will take place which will be performed by members of the chapter who have memorized many lines and dance moves.

This year, the petting zoo area is bigger than ever. It will accommodate a donkey, pigs, chickens, cows, sheep, Shetland ponies and goats. At 9 a.m. there will be an antique tractor parade taking place throughout Montevallo. Farm Day is such a large event that there are actually two separate days for Farm Day: Friday, Feb. 27 is for the Montevallo Elementary School and eighth graders; Saturday, Febr. 28 is for the Montevallo community.

There are many events conducted by the officers: Keith Lovelady (president), Jessica Goolsby (vice president), Darcey Corona (secretary), Khaliah Smitherman (treasurer), Amanda Gwin (reporter), Sydney Wright (sentinel), Ashley Lee (historian), along with the advisor, Mr. Keith Adair.

Farm Day for the Montevallo FFA Chapter grows larger each and every year. Such a large event including all these activities is bound to take up a lot of room. In fact, this chapter has grown at such a fast pace since the very beginning. It will continue to grow, taking in more members and teaching the importance of agriculture in our daily lives. Old traditions will continue throughout the chapter and new traditions will be adopted. The chapter will also continue to provide a close bond between members that are all reaching toward a common goal. FFA shows how agriculture makes a difference in ways you’d never think possible.

Sydney Wright is a sophomore at Montevallo High School.