Atlantic FFA competes at the Iowa State Fair

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 16th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic FFA Advisor Eric Miller says “In the spirit of tradition, the Iowa State Fairgrounds was excited to host the 2020 Fair Special Edition: Iowa 4-H and FFA Livestock Show, presented by Alliant Energy.” Miller said also, “Held with the same prestige and competition found at the Iowa State Fair, the 2020 Special Edition showcased the superior showmanship, hard work, and determination of Iowa’s FFA youth.” The purpose of the event, he said, is to support the mission statement of the Iowa State Fair by providing an opportunity for FFA youth to showcase their hard work and livestock projects.

Brett Dreager won a Blue Ribbon for Purebread Spotted pig

Colton Becker w/Grand Champion Draft Horse “Fire”

Colton Becker, winner of the Cart Class, w/horse “Fire”

Rio Johnson w/her Phoenix Rooster {All photos courtesy Eric Miller)

Cody McCreedy w/his Reserve Champion FFA Breeding Goose

Rio Johnson wins purple

Taylor McCreedy w/a winning goat.

This year 5 members of the Atlantic FFA members participated in a variety of shows. To begin the first weekend of the fair, Colton Becker won the Grand Champion Draft Horse with his horse Fire. Colton also won the Cart class with Fire. Becker said “ it was different not having the large crowd, but it was really enjoyable and having a chance to try something new this year.” During the second weekend the Atlantic FFA had 3 members show swine and poultry. Sophomore Brett Dreager showed a purebred Spotted pig and stood 7th in his class winning a Blue Ribbon.

In the Poultry show Atlantic FFA member Cody McCreedy won Reserve Champion FFA Breeding Goose with his Chinese goose. Junior Rio Johnson had an outstanding day winning 5 Purple and 5 Blue Ribbons. Rio placed 1st in class & went on to be named Champion AOSB with her Phoenix Rooster. In Crele Old English Game Bantams, both Pullet & Cockerel received purples. The Pullet was named Reserve Champion Game Bantam. Rio finished the show by winning Reserve Champion English bird as well.

Eric Miller says “In the final weekend Senior Taylor McCreedy showed 4 Dairy Goats. Taylor won Grand Champion overall recorded grade and Grand Champion Junior for All other Breed. Taylor also showed the Reserve champion Senior Doe All other breed and Reserve Champion overall All other breed. In the final drive Taylor won Reserve Supreme Champion with her FFA Dairy Goat.”

Taylor McCreedy said, “This year the State Fair was different, but I am glad that we had the opportunity to compete. Thanks to everyone who helped make the shows as normal as possible.”