Members of Rainier FFA put on another stellar showing at the Washington State Fair.
Bringing home Grand Champion in Fitting and Showing and competing in Round Robin was a first for Lauralee Moore, and she was very excited for the experience.
Mikayla Mantegna brought home many ribbons and Champion Herdsmanship for Dairy Cows.
Kayleigh Brown was awarded Champion Herdsmanship for rabbits and also best educational display along with all of her show ribbons. She also brought home champions and blue ribbons with her goats.
Emily Karnes and Megan Roberts brought in many champion ribbons in beef cattle and they, along with Moore, received Champion Herdsmanship in beef.
Rainier FFA was well represented.
A large black and white ribbon (seen in the photo with this story) was won by Rainier FFA members for their amazing educational displays from barn to barn.
This award can be given out by the State Fair commissioner if they find an area deserving, and if they do, they may only give out one black and white per fair.
The commissioner said he was very impressed by Rainier FFA’s decorations and knew where Rainier was upon entering each barn, as members did the same thing for each species.
Students worked together prior to the fair to design their fair theme and build all of their design. This year they focused on a blue and gold FFA theme which included 12-by-18 posters of each student with a picture of their animal and a statement of "I believe in agriculture and FFA because…”
They also had hand-painted pallets with sunflowers and daisies and the FFA motto.
Breed posters and FFA facts rounded out the educational piece, and each animal had their name painted on large ear tags that were made out of plywood and painted in the FFA colors.
“I am very proud of our little chapter and how they come together to teach our community about the importance of agriculture,” said Angie Carnes, agriculture director for Rainier High School.