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Blinn Agricultural Mechanics Show draws students from record 92 Texas schools

16th annual showcase draws 201 entries from high school FFA chapters and 4-H clubs

April 28, 2017

Kerens F F A Grand ChampionsThe 16th annual Blinn College Agricultural Mechanics Project Show drew 201 entries from a record-breaking 92 schools around the state Wednesday at the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex.

Payton Bancroft, Raul Rodriguez, and Martin Beltran from Kerens FFA were crowned grand champions for their 36x6.5-foot Gooseneck Cattle Trailer.

“This group put in over 2,500 hours and worked three nights a week apart from school to finish this trailer,” Bancroft said. “We came together and finished the project and we were rewarded because of our hard work.”

Corey Verstraeten from Southwest FFA was named reserve grand champion for his Oliver Tractor.

The show featured projects developed and designed by students in high school FFA chapters and 4-H clubs. Students worked 300-400 hours on some projects, which were then judged on quality and showmanship. Projects included agriculture machinery and equipment; livestock equipment; trailers; recreational items including barbecue pits, picnic tables, metal and wood furniture, entrance gates, deer blinds, animal traps and horticulture products; and engines and reconditioned tractors.

Demonstrations in welding, cutting, and power tools were held throughout the day. The show also included welding, metal cutting, wildlife, and horticulture contests.

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 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.

The Blinn Agricultural Sciences Department would like to thank its sponsors: Appel Ford, Brenham Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Robs Run Center, Woodson Lumber, LaRoche Chevrolet, ASCO, Tegeler Toyota, Adventure Knives, Miller Welding Supply, Granger, Harris Cutting Tools, and the Blinn College Alumni & Friends Association.

Blinn College Ag Mechanics Project Show Results:

Welding contest winners:
1st place
Alec Bottoms
Dripping Springs
2nd place Dustin Johannsen Morton Ranch
3rd place Luke Moy Anderson Shiro


Turbo Torch contest winners:
1st place
Rowdy Dunklin
Malakoff
2nd place Dawson Hering Rosebud-Lott


Ag Machinery & Equipment Classes:
1st place
Wyatt Welch, Frank Moerman, Billy Scheller and Mathew Hamilton
Comanche 10-foot Scraper for Feed Lanes
2nd place Dawson Hering and Brady Hering Rosebud-Lott Fertilizer Applicator
3rd place Griffin Beddingfield Kilgore CNC Plasma Table


Livestock & Equipment Classes:
1st place
Baker Butler
Glen Rose 20-foot Gooseneck Pneumatic Feed Transfer
2nd place Jordan Rickaway, Logan Pierce, Seth Stark and Bobby Brune Tidehaven 28-foot Cattle Chute
3rd place Mikle Martin and Braxton Anderson Bosqueville Bosqueville


Trailer Classes:
1st place
Payton Bancroft, Raul Rodriguez and Martin Beltran
Kerens 36 by 6.5-foot Gooseneck Cattle Trailer
2nd place Anna Hatcher Forney 10-foot Bumper Utility Trailer
3rd place Tanner James, Landon James, Dustin Bostick and Josh Johnson Bangs 20-foot Bumper Pull Utility Flatbed Trailer


Recreation Classes:
1st place
Wesley Adkinson and Dillon Luster
Franklin Forged Bench
2nd place Aiden Davis and Connor Payne Bell County 16-foot Entry Gate
3rd place Lance Ivey Frankston 18-foot Dual Smoker with Burners & Wood Storage


Engine Classes:
1st place
Corey Verstraeten
Southwest Oliver Tractor
2nd place Keaton Glass Gonzales 1972 IH 1066
3rd place Cort Morris Giddings 1972 IH 1066