Warren County High School’s Ag Day was a squealing success with students. Pigs, goats, sheep, horses, chickens and tractors were among the agricultural items on display Friday in 90 exhibits furnished by students.
Agriculture teacher Shannon Ford says the event serves two purposes — to educate students about what Future Farmers of America is about, and expose them to some aspects of agriculture.
“The majority of students have no idea what’s involved in agriculture and where their food comes from,” said Ford. “We also want them to see what FFA is all about. We want to educate others and promote the program.”
Kelsey Bunch, a sophomore, brought her pet turtle.
“I call him Nugget,” she said. “He looks like a Nugget. Sometimes, I walk him on a leash. When I walk him, people come up to me wanting to pet him. My brother gave him to me. I love turtles.”
A turtle was one of the more unique animals at Ag Day. Bunch says she wanted it that way.
“I wanted to bring something different,” she said. “I wanted to be unique and bring something other than a horse, chicken or rabbits.”
Abby Barlow brought her pot-bellied pig named Rufus to show.
“He’s a little overweight,” she said, as she sat in the cage with him eating a ham and cheese sandwich. “We have large pigs at home. I wanted one to play with so I got Rufus. I would never eat him, though.”
Lucas Patterson brought several chickens, including a white-crested Polish chicken, and a batch of week-old chicks.
“We have a lot of chickens at home just for the fun of it,” said Patterson. “The eggs they lay are good to eat.”
Patterson says there is no real trick to keeping chickens for the eggs they lay.
“All you have to do is make sure you give them food, water and protection. There are a lot of predators out there that will try to kill them. They have to be protected in a barn or chicken coup.”
Several farm tractors were on display. Travis Hillis and Lindsay Skinner made themselves at home atop the large tire of a John Deere.
“We’re BFF’s,” said Skinner. “He talked me into getting up here. I don’t think I can get down.”
“We’re just out here having fun,” said Hillis. “I’m not afraid of heights, but she is.”
After enjoying all there was to see at Ag Day, students Andrew Kaiser, Austin Spurling, Kimberly Meyer, Scott Rayburn, Christian Warren, Brandon Heffington and Tristan Hillis stopped to play a round of hackie sack.
Ford brought her horse named Justice for students to see.
“He’s a Tennessee Walking Horse and he’s 7 years old,” she said. “He’s very photogenic. He really enjoys showing off.”
Ag Day is an annual event at the high school.