The first week of May was the celebration of an outstanding year in the Henry County FFA.
To celebrate, we hosted our annual Tractor Day, Burger Bash and Banquet. It was a great week that ended a great year. Tractor Day saw more than 30 kids driving their tractors to school as a symbol of pride in their agricultural heritage. Burger Bash was moved to the new gym due to the rain but turned out to be a great location where everyone was able to visit and eat a great meal. A huge thank-you to the school cafeteria for their help and to the guys manning the grill!
The first year of the silent auction was possible thanks to donors Montaynna Heightchew, Cracker Barrel, Henry County Supply and Laura Jeffries. Henry County students did a great job serving, manning the silent auction and making sure things ran smoothly.
The banquet was possible only thanks to our many sponsors. They include Bobby and Jean Foree, LA Yount Hay Equipment, McBurney Livestock Equipment, Perry’s Hardware, Henry County Cattlemen, Farmer’s Deposit Bank, Sharp Excavating, Reality Farms (Roy and Judy Jackson), Allison Acres (John Allison), John Logan Brent, Kentucky Farm Bureau and Farm Credit Services in Shelbyville. They helped sponsor the great meal, 85 awards, and 25 degrees that were given away this year.
The officer parents were a huge helping in getting things ready as well! Some of the highlights of the year include Derek Jeffries qualifying for state in goat impromptu speaking, having a regional officer for last year and the upcoming year, having three students qualify for State FFA Degrees, winning land judging at WKU Field Day more than 30 teams, having every 4th grader, 6th grader and 7th grader in the school system getting some type of agriculture presentation from HCHS FFA students and receiving recognition for our diverse Program of Activities. In our Supervised Agriculture Experience projects we saw students receiving over $600 in grants, working nearly 16,000 hours and earning a combined $99,103 in placement and entrepreneurship projects. We have a lot to be proud of but are still on our way up!