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Monroe FFA members stand proud at fair
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The Monroe FFA Chapter was very pleased with the performance of their members at the recent Green County Fair. Almost all members who took projects to the junior fair were able to proudly leave with blue ribbons and trophies for all of their hard work and success. Exhibits by the members ranged from dairy cattle to field crops. Members who showed market animals such as pigs, rabbits, poultry, lambs and steers also had the opportunity to sell them at the Fur and Feather and Meat and Animal auction on July 25. Josie Eberle was able to participate in the Dairy Youth Recognition Auction on July 26. The Dairy Youth Recognition Auction is a means of recognizing outstanding Green County Dairy Youth and the accomplishments that have come from all of their hard work showing dairy cattle. Eberle won Senior Champion Grade Female with her dairy cow. A symbol of the sale of Josie's achievements was offered for sale, not the cow itself. She received 50 percent of her bid price while the remaining 50 percent went into the Dairy Youth Recognition Auction Fund for future scholarships provided to Green County Dairy Project youth.

The following are some of Monroe FFA members' outstanding achievements: Carlita Eberle, first in Grade 8 Dairy Showmanship. Josie Eberle, first with her spring heifer calf, first with her 3-year-plus-old cow and first with her fall heifer calf. Josie also won second in Grade 10 dairy showmanship. Traiten Gorr, first with his registered Angus summer yearling heifer, first with his registered Simmental summer yearling heifer and first with his beef Simmental steer. Trevor Gorr, first with his registered Angus junior yearling heifer, first with his registered Simmental junior yearling heifer, and he also won first in the carcass beef show. Cody Kuhlmyer, first in Grade 10 Swine Showmanship. Matt Maveus, Reserve Grand Champion Dairy Steer. Nick Maveus, first with his 2-year-plus cow registered Hereford. Mitch Millner, second in Grade 10 Swine Showmanship and second with his winter and fall heifer calves. Danielle Schneider, first in her winter yearling heifer and first with both of her chickens. Colby Steiner, first with his summer yearling heifer, first in his importance of colostrum exhibit in veterinary science and first with his woodworking project. Dylan Steiner, first with his veterinary and animal science exhibit and second with both of his winter yearlings. Eric Timm, Grand Champion Dairy Steer. Mia Wahl, first with her mature ewe.

Overall, the Monroe FFA Chapter was well represented at the Green County Fair with 13 of its members participating. With the fair being the highlight of the year for many, we are excited to have had a successful year! If you or someone you know who is entering seventh through 12th grade would be interested in becoming a member of the Monroe FFA Chapter, please feel free to see us at the Monroe High School registration on Monday and Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. for more details. Or, come to the first fall meeting on Sept. 14 at 7:30 at the MHS ag room. FFA is a great way to expose youth to not only events such as the Green County Fair, but also many other events that help youth to achieve personal growth.