The Pettisville FFA chapter has been very active this fall. On Sept. 22, nine Pettisville juniors volunteered to teach third graders at the Fulton County Ag Fest, held at the fairgrounds. Some members also provided animals for the event. The members taught third graders about animal care and animal health and the participants were able to listen to the heartbeat of live animals. They also got to punch leather and candle eggs.
On Oct. 2, the Pettisville FFA Alumni hosted their annual Pumpkin Fest to raise money to support the FFA. Several FFA members volunteered to help the organization that helps to support them. Activities included a pancake meal, a pumpkin recipe contest, a silent and a live auction, and a pumpkin decorating contest.
Ten percent of the profits from the live auction went to the Pettisville FFA Hunger Project, and people could also put money in donation pumpkins that were placed around the school. The Hunger Project aims to raise $15,000 to pay for meals to feed hungry people. The chapter plans to involve the whole school to package the meals next May.
Pettisville freshmen and sophomores, as well as a junior, competed in the Fulton County Soils Contest. The Urban team of Kayla Wyse, Mauricea Crouch and Logan Rufenacht placed first, and the Rural team of Dillon King, Gretchen Lee and Lynnsey Crouch placed second.
Several students went on the District 1 Soils Contest. At district competition, the Urban Soils team placed second and the Rural Soils team placed third. Pettisville member Kayla Wyse placed first individually in the county and the district in urban soils.
Kayla Wyse, Mauricea Crouch, Madeleine Wixom, William Fenton, Dillon King, and Gretchen Lee competed at the state soils completion. Soils competitions allow students to look at the soil horizons in pits and the landforms to determine the best use of a property and the biggest soil challenges of that property.
Jacob Dennis competed in the District 1 Agronomy contest, and placed twelfth. The Agronomy contest tests the participants’ knowledge about Agronomy related topics and pest control. Participants have to identify weeds and crops, seeds, insects and diseases and nutrient deficiencies. The Agronomy team event presents the teams with a farming scenario, and the team has to select seed and fertilizer, figure out how much fertilizer to apply, calculate costs and determine if the field turned a profit or a loss. This helps to prepare participants for future careers in agronomy and farming.
On Monday, Oct. 12, the Pettisville FFA Alumni and Friends group hosted a parent meeting in conjunction with the FFA meeting. The parent meeting was held to inform parents about FFA, Supervised Agricultural Experience Projects (SAEs), and the FFA Alumni and Friends.
After the meeting, the FFA held the annual salsa fest, and the parents were invited to participate. For Salsa Fest, nine members brought in their favorite salsa, with chips were provided by the FFA. Everyone received two tickets to vote for their favorite salsa. This year’s winners were Lynnsey Crouch who received first place, Kayla Wyse who received second place and William Fenton, third place. They each received a cash award and all donors received a candy bar.
Nine members from Pettisville competed in the county Trapshoot Contest, held at the Fulton County Sportsman Club. The team placed 4th. The top three shooters were James Eicher, Austin Schmucker and Corey Lovins.