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The Charles Craig Classic returns

 

Last updated 10/23/2022 at 10:26am | View PDF

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Hannah Rodriguez brought her lamb and won Reserve Champion in the lightweight class.

The Wasco FFA chapter and Wasco AG Boosters hosted their 3rd annual Charles Craig Classic for Wasco, Shafter, Delano, Taft and McFarland students. The competition was held at the WHS farm laboratory.

The event was in honor of the late Dr. Charles Craig, who served as an agriculature instructor for many years in the Wasco Union High School District. During his time in service to the district, he overcame many obstacles that would have otherwise prevented students from experiencing hands-on learning.

Over the two day classic, five categories were judged: cattle, swine, goats, sheep and pygmy goats.

Victoria Tolin, ag teacher, said, "It was a great opportunity for all of these smaller schools to get some practice in before the Kern County Fair."

Showmanship is when students are judged on how well they handle their animals and work together as a team. When judges pull them to the side, they advise as to how they can improve. The top three are identified, and then a winner is chosen.

Fernando Rodgriguez won 4th place in showmanship.

"I am proud of myself and my goat because I have been practicing every day. I think he showed pretty well," said Rodriguez.

He added, "I developed a close relationship with him because it's like a pet you get attached to."

Hannah Ramirez said, "I have a really good bond with my lamp. I've been showing for a long time, and it was fun to compete."

For Trinity Powell, it was also about bonding.

"I most enjoy getting to know my animal. The animals all have different personalities, so once you know them, you can work as a better team," said Powell.

Jonathan Cervantes felt he was ready to show.

"I put a lot of effort into walking with him and practicing showing. The best part is coming out here and showing what my lamb can do," said Cervantes. "What I love most is seeing the different styles of showing and the different breeds."

Ms. United States Agriculture Addison Tatum came to present the awards.

"I felt honored because these kids are from my community. I also showed animals for this program, and I know how special it can be," said Tatum.

There are life skills learned for those that participate in FFA.

"It gives me something to do that I enjoy. It helps me with public speaking and time management," said Samantha Cortez.

Natalia Crane said that she likes that her ag teachers push her and that they are very honest.

"It gives a lot of room for improvement with constructive criticism. This helps me whether it's in the classroom or out here showing," said Crane.

Parent Leo Sanchez was there with both of his kids, showing their goats.

He said of the FFA program, "I think it's great. I love it. It teaches them responsibility and hard work."

Jenna Grundt is a community leader for the North Kern 4H.

"I like very much working with the kids and helping them with their animals," said Grundt.

4H is a program that gets youth involved in livestock and the AG community with programs like community service. Students do projects like crafts, cooking and gardening.

"We really appreciate Wasco FFA for putting on this show for local youth and their livestock," said Grundt.

Councilmember Alex Garcia sponsored a student.

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Michael Hill said it was good training for the upcoming Kern County Fair.

"I used to show myself. I remember firsthand the incredible amount of time, dedication and resources it takes," said Garcia.

"Events like the Charles Craig Classic organized by Wasco FFA provide a chance for community, industry members, and others see what's going on at Wasco FFA."

Tolin thanked the platinum sponsors, including MV Autoworks, Knights Plumbing, Kern Labor Service, Golden Empire Shelling and Poso Creek Ranch and Feed.

"We couldn't have done it without them."

Results of the winners are at wascoffa.com/ccc.

 

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