By Andrea Beare –
On Thursday, watch out for hundreds of yellow school buses.
Tarleton State University’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences will host the first of a series of competitive events for Texas high school FFA students.
More than 7,000 students and 700 teachers from 400 schools across the state will arrive at Stephenville for the Tarleton FFA Invitational, which includes 16 different judging contests.
Dr. Rudy Tarpley, department head of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences, said, “Hosting this event is a point of light for the College of Agriculture, Tarleton State University and the Stephenville community.”
The Tarleton campus isn’t the only place where these students will compete. Other contest locations include the Tarleton Agricultural Center, Horticulture Center, Hunewell Ranch, Lone Star Arena, and the city park.
This contest is the largest FFA judging competition in the nation. FFA students will judge livestock, meats, veterinary technology, dairy cattle, dairy foods, agricultural mechanics, poultry, land, homesite, environmental and natural resources, farm management, pasture and range, wildlife, wool, entomology, floriculture and nursery/landscape.
Many Tarleton agriculture students are helping with this event, although there is not an exact number of how many student volunteers will help.
“The Tarleton student volunteers will take the role as group leaders and assistants to each contest to ensure that they are run smoothly and efficiently,” Bree Kingston said.
All events will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by an awards ceremony.
Andrea Beare is a junior agricultural communications major from Winnsboro, Texas.