Blinn-Brenham students clock over 1,000 hours volunteering at Washington County Fair

More than 100 agricultural sciences and veterinary technology students took part in various events

October 2, 2018

Vet TechThe Blinn College Agricultural Science Club and Veterinary Technology Program students volunteered over 1,000 hours at the 150th Washington County Fair.

“We love the Washington County Fair because it is important to get the kids outside of the classroom to experience the subject matter we are discussing in a real-world scenario, and we also enjoy giving back and thanking everyone for the support we receive from the community,” said Bryn Behnke, Assistant Dean for the Division of Agricultural and Natural Sciences.

More than 100 agricultural science students combined to volunteer over 1,000 hours in various shows, including the open steer and heifer show, the open Brahman show, the Special Needs Livestock Judging Competition, and the Junior Livestock Auction Sale. In addition, Blinn College ran the Livestock Judging Contest for 4-H and FFA members and the Washington County Ag Mechanics Show.

“This is the first time Blinn College has coordinated the entire livestock judging contest, and it let the community see our students and why they have been recognized at national livestock judging competitions,” Behnke said. “Washington County brings an abundance of local schools to the fair and our goal was to serve as role models in hopes that the kids competing will want to be a part of our program one day.”

Blinn’s agriculture mechanics team judged and presented awards while running the Washington County Ag Mechanics Show.

“We are one of the last junior colleges with an ag mechanics program, and that is important because we have a program that allows kids to earn ag mechanics credits that are transferable,” Behnke said. “It is important for us to highlight that because it is a unique program.”

Ag ClubFor the third consecutive year, Blinn’s Veterinary Technology Program volunteered at the fair. Twenty-three students worked under the supervision of Program Director Dr. Catherine Pfent and program faculty to collect urine and fecal samples from turkeys, chickens, colts, lambs, goats, steers, commercial pen heifers, commercial halter heifers, rabbits and hogs.

“Volunteering at the Washington County Fair is really a win-win situation because our students get the opportunity to use the skills they are learning in a hands-on environment,” Pfent said. “Plus, we get to give back to the community.”

At least 80 students have volunteers at the Washington County Fair each of the past 11 years.
Blinn’s Agricultural Sciences Program offers course seating for approximately 1,100 students, making it roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state. Blinn offers agricultural science classes on all of its campuses, with the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex in Brenham 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. For more information on Blinn’s Agricultural Sciences Program, visit: www.blinn.edu/agricultural-sciences and for more information on Blinn’s Veterinary Technology Program, visit: www.blinn.edu/veterinary-technology.

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