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Fish boil, competition, fair dominate Monticello FFA summer activities
Monticello FFA members Kyle Walters, Alaya Hummel, Karl Schwoerer and Nick Busch display awards won during the state Land Evaluation Contest as part of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days that took place on July 11. (Photos supplied)
MONTICELLO - The Monticello FFA Chapter and its members worked together with the Monticello FFA Alumni to coordinate and host the annual fish boil on July 7 as a part of the Monticello Homecoming festivities.

This event serves about 600 people and is a kick-off to the Homecoming Weekend and also begins a busy month of FFA activities and competitions, including soils judging and preparing for the Green County Fair.

Soon after the fish boil, which was on July 11, FFA members traveled to Casco to compete in the State Land Evaluation Contest held at Kinnard Farms as a part of the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.

Students competing in land judging worked to improve upon their conservation knowledge and skills by attending many local contests that served as practices for this state event. Our chapter had two teams compete at the state contest. The junior soils judging team, consisting of Miah Brokopp, Sarah Blumer, Alexis Graber, and Lindsey Pence, earned a plaque for their second-place finish. The members of the senior soils judging team were Alaya Hummel, Nick Busch, Karl Schwoerer, and Kyle Walters. They placed third and earned the right to compete at the National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City during the first week in May.

Kyle Walters placed fourth in the senior division while Alexis Graber placed third in the junior division.

Once the soils judging competition was complete, many of these same members focused their efforts on preparing their dairy cattle for the Green County Fair and were rewarded for their hard work again. Miah Brokopp, Sarah Blumer, Alexis Graber, Lindsey Pence, and Karl Schwoerer exhibited various breeds of dairy cattle with other Monticello FFA members, including Karlene Walters, Karly Ready, Ryan Smith, Sarah Brokopp, and Logan Bauman. Two of these members achieved the pinnacle of dairy exhibiting by qualifying for the Dairy Youth Recognition Auction.

Miah Brokopp earned this right by winning the Supreme Junior Champion for Grade Cattle with her Holstein heifer "Can of Soup." Sarah Blumer also earned this right by winning the Intermediate Showmanship Contest with her Guernsey heifer "Almost Famous."