Get Ready… Fall Festival is Coming!

Can you feel it? Days of crisp air, watercolor trees, and comfort foods is fast approaching. Not to mention,  Halloween and Thanksgiving. Here at the Cove FFA Chapter, we are once again remedying our fall-fever by hosting our annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch! On October 12th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, activities and pumpkin sales will be going on all day at the ag center! This includes petting zoo, pumpkin chunkin, straw bale pyramid, apple cider making, and a corn maze. We will also be selling pumpkin pie, pastries, espresso, and hot cider all day! And don’t forget to pick up your carvin’ pumpkins! 

2012 Fall Festival Recap

Saturday, the 27th of October was one of the biggest days in our chapter’s entire year! Not only in terms of the work and the planning put in, but it is also one of our most profitable fundraisers. The annual Cove FFA Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch! This years event featured a cider press built by chapter member Cameron McCowan, a petting zoo organized by Megan Espinola, a pumpkin patch, a bake sale put on by the Discovery class, and a baazar featuring local vendors and organizations. Image

The Festival started as the brainchild of our chapter President, Kagan Koehn as something she could do for our program, and use for her senior project. The first festival in 2011, was little more then a pumpkin patch. It took only one year for her to expand it to what it is now, with the help of her fellow members.  Image

We estimate that around 400 community members explored the festival that day. While the children were petting the bottle calf, chasing chickens, or riding a horse, their minds were surely being opened to what an agricultural education can be like.  And that is what we hope to advocate through our Fall Festival: The idea that students can gain knowledge and experience through hands on education, and hard work.  

Cove Agriculture Classes

On the 22nd of August, Cove had its first day of school for the 2012-2013 year.  After the traditional picnic and softball game,  the real work began here in the Cove School ag house. Food science, animal science, introduction to agriculture, as well as agricultural issues are still offered, but we have also added a 5th period horticulture class!  Students enrolled will learn extensively through hands on experience in the new greenhouse, garden, and classroom.

The Cove FFA Discovery program is starting back up the 3rd of September and will be offered to 7th and 8th graders who are interested in partaking in an agricultural class before high school.  Instructing the class this year is Megan Espinola, who also serves as the chapter sentinel.  Throughout the year, she will be educating the students on crop and weed identification, public speaking, food science, animal science, as well as many other useful things. This class is held in the ag house at 7:00 a.m on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

 

 

Upcoming Events

We have a jam packed Summer for the Cove FFA Chapter this year! First thing is, as always, Stockshow!  Weigh in is on the 6th of June and Sale Day is the 9th.  We would love for everybody to come and support all our exhibitors this year from in the beef, to hog, to lamb rings. New and returning buyers are always greatly appreciated, it is because of you that we can continue to do what we love! Be sure to bring the little ones in your life to the Stockshow parade on Friday, were there will be candy!

We will be kicking off our livestock judging tour with the Linn Benton Community College Livestock Judging Clinic, from June 25th to the 26th.  This is a hugely beneficial event for Cove judges. It is two days of hardcore reasons, and in the classroom technical learning. It is hard to come back from giving set, after set, to some of the best in the business and NOT improve. But when we work hard, we play hard! Hopefully we can hit up the mall and Spookies on this trip!

Last thing to talk about is Union County Fair!  For me, this is the HIGHLIGHT of the Summer!  The weather is warm, the concessions are delicious (so somewhat unhealthy), and the animals are top notch! Fair dates are August 1st-4th at the La Grande Fairgrounds.

A Goodbye To Our Seniors

The school year is coming to and end… And soon, our beloved senior officers will be leaving us.  Anybody in the chapter would speak highly of these hardworking, dedicated, and upstanding students. They have always lent a helping hand, a good laugh, or valuable advice.  We hope they will take all the memories with them.  The late nights, goofing around at the Stockshow. The early mornings, trying to get some sleep on the bus. Or even those days spent COVERED in mud, loading some pigs into the trailer. Truth is, we will all be sad at their leaving us, but they are the ones starting a whole new, independent, life. Taking the lessons they learned in the FFA with them.

Alannah Jones: Served as our 2011-2012 Chapter President. This girl is on top of things. Many look at her and think responsibility, intelligence, and organization. While all of these do apply, there is so much more to Alannah! She is bright and cheery, not to mention, hilarious! Just during officer interviews the other day, she took time out of her day to stay with us and help calm us and prepare us.  Thank you Alannah, for keeping us all on track and being a good friend.

Brittany Leithner 2010-2011 Chapter Vice President – Photo By On The Spot Photography

Brittany Leithner: Served as our 2011-2012 Chapter Vice President.  When she steps into the room, the competition gets scared.  Whether it be a proficiency interview, public speaking, or lamb show, she is here to compete and, in many cases, win!  One word to describe Brittany: hardworking! She juggles honor roll, FFA, her own livestock, volleyball, and a social life. And she excels in every one of these aspects. Brittany, you will always be remembered for you willingness to help, and your amazing sparkly jeans.

Brittany Hargrove 2011-2012 Treasurer – Photo by On The Spot Photography

Brittany Hargrove: Served as Chapter Treasurer 2011-2012. How could she JUST be a senior in high school?! Brittany is defiantly mature beyond her years, but is still one of the most fun people I know. I have got to personally know her this year, as we are both clarinetists in the Cove Band. Although she has been known as one of the chapters worst tractor drivers ever… I hold Britt in the highest esteem and truly look up to her as a person and a role model.

CJ Ruth 2011-2012 Chapter Junior Advisor – Photo by Gorham Photography

CJ Ruth: Served as Chapter Junior Advisor 2011-2012. Ooh CJ. So many things could be said about you. To some, you are the best friend. To others,    the hilarious chef of the FFA.  You have probably put in more hours then most of us, in just hard work for the chapter! I don’t know how we will possible get through another officer retreat without your knowledge and planning… or cobbler. Thanks for being the comic relief in stressful times, and an individuall we will never forget.

Annual Chapter Banquet This Friday

Its that time of year again!  The annual chapter banquet is this Friday (May 4th) at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Gym.  The silent auction opens at 6:00 p.m. and there will be everything from Buck Knives signed by the owner of the company to local restaurant gift certificates! The keynote speaker is a local farmer who has insightful opinions on agriculture, youth, and life. It is, as always, open to the entire community and features a delicious pork and beef dinner! Hope to see you there to help celebrate student leadership and our chapter’s success this year!