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April 24, 2013

Blinn hosts Ag Mechanics Project Show on May 1

Contest winners to receive Blinn scholarships

The Blinn College Division of Agricultural Sciences is offering high school seniors in FFA and 4-H an opportunity to win Blinn scholarships at the 12th annual Blinn College Ag Mechanics Project Show May 1 at the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex on the Brenham campus.

The show features projects developed and designed by students in high school FFA chapters and county 4-H clubs. Students work 300-400 hours on their projects, which are then judged on quality and showmanship. Projects include 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.

The top three entries in each division receive Blinn scholarships. Only high school seniors are eligible.

There will also be welding, metal-cutting, wildlife and horticulture contests. Blinn College students will participate in a bridge-building contest at noon, and a metal-cutting race, in which students use high-powered blow torches to cut through sheets of metal, will commence at 2:30 p.m.

Demonstrations in welding, cutting and power tools will be held throughout the day. Antique farm equipment will be on display.

The doors open at 9:30 a.m., and the judging begins at 10 a.m. Door prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m., followed by the awards presentations at 4.

More than 800 participants and spectators took advantage of free admission last year.
The Division of Agricultural Sciences is one of the fastest growing divisions at Blinn College with almost 800 students currently enrolled – roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state. Blinn offers agriculture classes on all of its campuses, with the Rankin 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.