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Bonners Ferry FFA members celebrate Ag Days
November 16, 2017
By Katelyn Hutchinson
Chapter Reporter

On Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, members of the Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter took a bus down to the University of Idaho in Moscow for Ag Days. The adventures and activities started the minute the bus parked on campus.

Two tours were being offered: one to a dairy cattle farm and another to a sheep barn. After the tours of the animals, everyone went and had a look around the Ag Science building. The tour guide let the members go into one of the biology labs where wheat was being grown and their genes were being spliced to make new breeds of wheat that would withstand harsher weather conditions.

The professor also gave everyone a run through of how his lab worked and let the members know about the upcoming internship opportunities at his lab.

After the tour of the Ag Science building, everyone was split up into their workshops. Some went to forestry, livestock judging oral reasons, dairy cattle evaluation, meats evaluation, and many others as well.

After a long day of multiple workshops, everyone went to the Rec Center and hung out for a bit until the Serpentine and Bonfire began. The members each got glow sticks to wear and followed the college students in their annual Campus Serpentine for Homecoming.

The bonfire was lit up behind the Kibbie Dome and the chapter members enjoyed hot chocolate, cookies and music from the college band. When the bonfire was over all the FFA members headed back to the Rec Center and got ready to rest up for another day of fun.

The second day of Ag Days started bright and early in the morning and all the members walked over to the Commons for breakfast before their second workshops began. The workshops only took up a few hours in the morning so everyone had time to go off and explore the campus before the Vandal’s Homecoming football game started.

Everyone in the Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter decided to walk down to the Vandal’s store and get some clothes and team items. Many members were pleased to know that a Starbucks was right across from the store, so after everyone was decked out in Vandal’s gear and had their coffee, everyone meandered back to the Commons.

It was easy to say that everyone was most excited for the second day of Ag. Days because the Vandal’s Homecoming football game was then and the chapter got pretty good seats. Everyone wore all of their new Vandal’s gear and cheered on the players, but unfortunately, they did not win.

It was a terrific trip and everyone had tons of fun with their tours, workshops, and activities, but by the end all the members were tired and ready to go home. The bus was very quiet and mostly everyone stayed asleep the entire ride home.
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