The State Fair of Texas hosted its annual Ag Awareness Day on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. On this day FFA, 4-H and FCCLA members from across the Lone Star state converged on Dallas to participate in activities to promote and celebrate Texas agriculture. State-elected leaders from each of these organizations were on hand to assist in the event – and learned valuable lessons about leadership and service.
The day started bright and early with schools pulling into the registration lot with vans, trucks and buses filled with excited members. At the registration tables, chapters checked in their canned food items, and received their agri-quest packets for the day. State FFA Officers Clayton Dumesnil, Area III, and Jackie Lee, Area VI, were busy counting cans and determining the amount of food each chapter brought. After schools submitted their items, state officers Tama Robinson, Area X, and Madeline Minchillo, Area V, handled registering FFA members for the event.
Once chapters were in the gate, they had the opportunity to participate in the agri-quest, which was a scavenger hunt designed to inspire and teach about agriculture. Also, a special program was hosted in front of the Hall of States building for all in attendance to share the importance of telling agriculture’s story. The program included presentations from State Fair’s Vice President of the Agriculture and Livestock Department Daryl Real, former FFA members and founders of TAMU Farmers Fight Mason Parish and Victoria Pilger and finally from the Peterson Brothers, the creators of the viral video “I’m Farming and I Grow It.”
At the conclusion of the program, the two chapters from each organization who brought in the most pounds of food were announced. Florence FFA brought in approximately 980 pounds of canned goods, and Cayuga FFA brought in approximately 730 pounds. Texas FFA members brought in a total of 4,824 pounds of food. Collectively, Texas FFA, 4-H and FCCLA members brought in 12,223 pounds of food, enough for 10,158 meals.