Madison FFA competes at the fairs

During the month of August, all of Madison County had excitement of the annual county fair, and the Madison High School FFA Chapter was no different.

This year, the chapter had many members put on their FFA jackets and compete in both the county fair and the Eastern Idaho State Fair. The Madison County Fair was held Aug. 7 to 12 at the Madison County Fairgrounds, while the Eastern Idaho State Fair ran form Sept. 1 to 9 in Blackfoot.

Madison FFA looks forward to the fair all year because of the many learning and financial opportunities that it presents. Members appreciate the satisfaction of having their your hard work pay off, and that definitely happened for FFA students this year, with three grand champion showmen and a round round robin winner.

Brooke’Lynn Niederer was named grand champion FFA swine showman and her hog won grand champion quality.

Oakley Cheney also showed a hog and won reserve grand champion FFA swine showman.

The reserve quality hog was showed by Wyatt Wetzel, who finished third overall in the swine showmanship contest. Wetzel is the grand champion FFA steer showman and his steer won the grand champion quality.

Ryker Riley was the reserve grand champion FFA steer showman and Shalani Wilcox’s county-bred and family ranch-raised steer earned grand champion carcass quality.

In the sheep division, the grand champion FFA sheep showman was Sarah Holt with Mady Ziegler as the Reserve grand champion sheep showman.

Cheney won this year’s round robin, which is a contest that has kids show market beef, market swine, market sheep, market goats, dairy goats and dairy cattle.

“I’m so happy I was able to show at fair and compete with a good group of kids” Cheney said, “This is giving me experience for the future years of shows. Not only will this help beyond 4-H and FFA, but by raising my own animals, I am learning hard work and skills that will help me later in life.”

This year, the chapter had several students compete in new events for Madison FFA members at the state fair.

Neiderer won in the Class 2 winner show swine division and made the sale, she also won reserve champion swine showman.

Cheney was the fifth-highest swine showman in the FFA division. The Madison livestock team took first in the livestock contest held Sept. 8 during the CTE and FFA day at the fair. Members were both junior and senior high school students: Jaden Mitchell, junior high first overall; Wyatt, junior high third high overall, as well as Neiderer, Wilcox and Brett Bagley.

The horse judging team finished ninth in competition and was comprised of Cheney, Ryley, Kabe Clark, Wetzel and Mady Zeigler.

The Madison FFA members and advisers would like to thank all the buyers who showed up to the county fair, since their support made it possible for youths involved in agriculture to do what they love. Also, the members are supported by all the ag teachers, 4-H leaders and directors that make the fair happen. A special group that help many of the members during the fair was Shaney Cheney, Amber Wetzel and Kerry Wilcox.