By: Jodie Mink

The Cambridge FFA Chapter had a hugely successful 2019 Washington County Fair.  Members were able to showcase skills in multiple areas and walked away with many awards.

Monday started off with member Carly Jordan winning FFA Grand Champion Showman.  This was Carly’s first year at the fair and she worked hard to attend shows throughout the year to prepare for the showmanship event.  Nathan Kindall, Shayna Landis and Morgan Wood also completed the exhibit hall table that received 1st place in the FFA division. 

Wednesday was the swine show and many Cambridge FFA members did very well.  Showing swine projects at the fair this year were Jeremy Damon, Morgan Wood, Brendan Wood, Grace Ertel, Zoe Ertel, Ashlyn Gerlock and Nathan Kindall.  All members did very well in showmanship with multiple members in the final FFA round.  Brendan Wood was awarded the Reserve Grand Champion FFA Showman.  Both Nathan Kindall and Grace Ertel won their market classes and were in the final market round.  Cambridge FFA member Grace Ertel was awarded Grand Champion Market Swine!  Grace recently graduated from Cambridge High School and will be attending the University of Idaho this fall.  

Wednesday afternoon found members Carly Jordan, Katie Russell and RyLee Russell completing in the Dairy Goat show.  Katie Russell was awarded Grand Champion Dairy Goat Showman and Carly Jordan received Reserved Grand Champion showman.  

Thursday morning, Cambridge FFA member Anna DeVries was our only Cambridge FFA participant in the lamb show. Anna came out of a tough FFA showmanship class to win the Grand Champion FFA Showman award.  Anna went on later in the day to compete in the lamb breeding class with her ewe.    

The Cambridge FFA Floral shop members submitted three arrangements to be judged in the floral area on Thursday morning. Morgan Wood and Zoe Ertel won the Best of Show, Youth Arrangement and were awarded $25.00.   Katie Russell and Carly Jordan received an Outstanding Youth Floral Project and were awarded $10.00.  Brendan Wood and Grace Ertel received 2nd place in their floral division.   Special thanks to Carol Turnbull for allowing the members to use flowers from her garden. 

Friday was the Market Steer show with members Boden Meyer, Abbie Vogel, Lauren DeVries, Anna DeVries, Katie Russell, RyLee Russell, Jayden Mink and Jarret Mink all participating in the steer show.   Three tough FFA showmanship classes found Jarret, Jayden, Anna and Lauren in the final FFA showmanship class.  Jarret Mink was awarded the Reserve Grand Champion FFA Showmanship award.   The judge made many comments about the quality of the youth at our fair.  All members also did very well in their market division weight classes.   In the Grand Champion Market class,  Lauren, Anna, Jayden and Jarret each won their class, with Boden Jarret and Jayden also having a steer place second in their weight class.  Congratulations to Cambridge FFA members Jarret Mink for receiving Grand Champion Market Steer for 2019 and Lauren DeVries for receiving Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer! 

Saturday’s Round Robin was well represented with Cambridge FFA members Carly Jordan (Horse), Katie Russell (Dairy Goat) and Anna DeVries (Lamb).  All members worked hard throughout the week to learn more about the other species.  Katie Russell was awarded Grand Champion FFA Round Robin winner and qualified to represent our chapter and fair at the Western Idaho Fair in two weeks.  Congratulations Katie!  Anna DeVries was awarded the Reserve Grand Champion FFA Round Robin winner!  Congrats to both Katie and Anna! 

Additional awards on Saturday included the Holly Noah Memorial “Spirit of the Fair” award to Lauren DeVries and the Outstanding FFA Livestock Member to Jayden Mink.   Both members will receive jackets for their award. 

All Cambridge FFA members donated time on Saturday at the Market Animal Sale by running buyer cards for the Washington County Fair Board.  Thanks to the members for donating time to help the sale run smoothly. 

The Cambridge FFA lamb auction was a huge success following the Market Animal Sale.  Details regarding the auction are still being gathered. Special thanks to Russell Mink and Pacey Pearson for preparing and driving the Cambridge FFA parade float for the members.  It is so great to have community members who are willing to help out the chapter!  The Cambridge FFA Alumni members, under the direction of Dusti Kindall, along with 20 Cambridge FFA members worked the rodeo concessions stand on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.   Thank you to all the adults that helped by working in the concessions stand. 

Sunday morning came early as FFA members meet at the rodeo grounds to clean up trash, empty barrels and clean out the concessions stand.  It was a great week at the Washington County Fair.  Thank you to the Washington County Fair Board, Species Superintendents, parents and community members for your relentless help over this week.  The Cambridge FFA members greatly appreciate it!