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Blinn Agricultural Mechanics Show draws record number of entries

More than 200 projects are submitted from FFA and 4-H students across the state

 

2015 Grand Champions

April 30, 2015

The 14th annual Blinn College Ag Mechanics Project Show drew more than 200 entries from 75 schools around the state Wednesday at the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex.

Brian Muzny, Mia Carrola, Logan Bourgeois, Brandon Spreen and Jarrett Reynolds from Kendall County FFA were named grand champions for their maroon 35-foot lowboy gooseneck trailer with hydraulic ramps. Luke Tinsley from the Gonzales FFA was named reserve champion for his work on an 826 International Gold Demonstrator tractor.

The more than 200 projects mark an all-time best for the show. The top three entries in each division received Blinn scholarships.

“The show continues to grow in popularity each year,” said Johnnie Schroeder, show co-founder and Agricultural Sciences instructor.

The show featured projects developed and designed by students in high school FFA chapters and county 4-H clubs.

Students worked 300-400 hours on some projects, which were then judged on quality and showmanship. Projects included agriculture machinery and equipment; livestock equipment; trailers; recreational items including barbecue pits, picnic tables, metal and wood furniture, entrance gates, deer blinds, animal traps and horticulture products; and engines and reconditioned tractors.

Demonstrations in welding, cutting and power tools were held throughout the day. The show also included welding, metal-cutting, wildlife and horticulture contests.

The Blinn Agricultural Sciences Program is roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state and offers agriculture classes on all of its campuses, with the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex serving as the program’s hub.

In addition to its excellence in the classroom, Blinn offers extracurricular educational activities in the areas of livestock judging, agriculture club, wildlife, agriculture mechanics, horticulture and agriculture sciences.

Registration is currently open for Blinn’s May minimester, Summer and Fall semesters. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.

Blinn College Ag Mechanics Project Show Results:

Wildlife contest winners – high teams and high individuals

1st – team Ganado 1st – individual Garrett Pouhak Florence
2nd – team Florence 2nd – individual Zach Wallace Tatum
3rd – team Tatum 3rd – individual Tanner Sexton Tidehaven
Horticulture contest winners – high teams and high individuals
1st Jonah Lumpe Dulles  
2nd Madison Mican Weimar  
3rd Micaela Mangum Weimar  
       
Welding contest winners:
1st Ryan Villarreal Magnolia  
2nd Rodrigo Costilla Rockdale  
3rd Jonah Lumpe Dulles  
       
Turbo torch contest winners:
1st Nathan Cervenka Rudder  
2nd Rylee Pond Tatum  
       
Ag Machinery & Equipment Classes:
1st Cody Stovall Hallsville FFA 3-pt. mounted hydraulic tractor blade
2nd Dawsen Davis, James Almond, Austin Sims and Hunter Groze Columbia-Brazoria FFA Motorized trailer dolly
3rd Gatlin Peters, Tanna Cupps, Tylor Raines and Guthrie Peters Priddy FFA Hydrabed
       
Livestock & Equipment Classes:
1st Pate Neyland, Will Phillips, Stephen Commander and Dylan Smithman Franklin FFA Portable cattle working chute & loading ramp
2nd Wyatt Pavlicek, Jeremy Pillack and Joe Phillips Madisonville FFA Hoof trimming table
3rd Trace Grigg and Grant Prejean Franklin FFA Cattle mineral feeder
       
Trailer Classes:
1st Brian Muzny, Mia Carrola, Logan Bourgeois, Brandon Spreen and Jarrett Reynolds * Kendall County FFA 35-foot lowboy gooseneck trailer with hydraulic ramps
2nd Kyle Carmack Willis FFA 24-foot aluminum gooseneck livestock trailer
3rd Grant Reed Belton FFA 24-foot gooseneck cattle trailer
Recreation Classes:
1st Shane Kent, Blaine Sloan and Kaden Kumler Savoy FFA Towable smoker
2nd Ty Hill Georgetown FFA Bar-b-que pits/firepits
3rd Jordan Rickaway and Victor Ramirez Tidehaven FFA Observation tower
Engine Classes:
1st Luke Tinsley** Gonzales FFA 826 International Gold Demonstrator
2nd Ryan Rakowitz and Jandro Baker Floresville FFA 1957 Oliver Super 55

3rd

Corey Verstraeten

Southwest FFA

1947 Farmall B

*Grand champion
**Reserve grand champion

PHOTO – From left to right: Brian Muzny, Mia Carrola, Logan Bourgeois, Brandon Spreen and Jarrett Reynolds of Kendall County FFA were named grand champions of the 2015 Blinn College Agricultural Mechanics Show Wednesday for their 35-foot lowboy gooseneck trailer with hydraulic ramps.

About Blinn College
Founded in 1883, Blinn is a comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement. With an enrollment of 19,317 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for its affordable educational excellence.

As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan titled “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students.

For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.