April 23, 2014
High school students from across the state will come to Blinn College April 30 to display their agricultural projects for the College’s 13th annual Ag Mechanics Show.
Event co-founder Johnnie Schroeder hopes to bring in 60 different high schools to showcase their finest—and largest—ag mechanic projects. The show will be held at the College’s W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex beginning at 10 a.m., with the closing awards ceremony at 4 p.m.
“I’d say this show is one of the biggest in the state,” Schroeder said. “What’s great about our show is that high school students come in and have a chance to win a Blinn scholarship.”
Projects will be judged in five categories: agriculture machinery and equipment, livestock and equipment, trailer, recreation and engine. The winners of each category will be awarded a Blinn scholarship. Submissions include a boat with a jet ski mount inside, restored tractors and custom-built trailers.
There will also be on-site horticulture, wildlife, welding and cutting torch contests.
The show has grown from about 30 schools its inaugural year in 2001 to more than 50 last year.
Not only has the number of schools grown, but so have the distances those schools travel.
“We used to give out an award to the team that traveled the farthest,” Schroeder said. “For some of these schools it takes more than a day.”
The Blinn Agricultural Sciences Program is roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state and offers agriculture classes on all of its campuses, with the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex serving as the program’s hub.
In addition to its excellence in the classroom, Blinn offers extracurricular educational activities in the areas of livestock judging, agriculture club, wildlife, agriculture mechanics, horticulture and agriculture sciences.
For more information on Blinn’s ag science program, visit: www.blinn.edu/agriculture.PHOTO – Lane Cottrell from McCulloch County 4-H won grand champion honors last year for his 34-foot Gooseneck trailer at Blinn College’s annual Ag Mech Show at the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex. More than 300 students from 45 Texas high schools participated in last year’s show, entering more than 130 projects.