When it comes to ingenuity, planning and old-fashioned elbow grease, the students competing in the Texoma Exposition and Livestock Show Ag Mechanics division are experts. The end results were proof of that.

When it comes to ingenuity, planning and old-fashioned elbow grease, the students competing in the Texoma Exposition and Livestock Show Ag Mechanics division are experts. The end results were proof of that.


Last week’s competition was made up of eight separate divisions. One end of the large Mayor Arena was filled with a variety of projects all planned, drawn out and constructed by FFA members throughout the county. The students aren’t judged solely on the final product, but on the detailed plans and records they are required to keep from the inception of the project until it is finalized. Often, even the smallest of projects in the competition take months to complete. Other larger projects involve not just months of planning and labor, but hefty amounts of cash to purchase materials for the project or generous donations of needed materials. The students, aided by their instructors and others, hone their talents in a variety of things such as blueprints, carpentry, welding and other skills that may be required for the project.


Once the competition is over, the items are auctioned off, sold or kept for use by the FFA chapter or someone closely involved in the project. Though the item constructed may be gone and the monetary pay-off small if anything at all, the skills the students learn along the way remain and are worth much more than what cash the projects may have brought in. Thanks to the projects peaking their interest in specific skills, many choose to further their education after high school by attending trade schools for welding or mechanics, taking drafting courses or tackling other areas they were first exposed to in their Ag mechanics class.


Below are the results of the Ag Mechanics competition, listed by category, first through fourth places.


Grand champion overall: S&S FFA - Wyatt Maher, Bethany Ballard and Charlene Hudson - gooseneck trailer;


Reserve grand champion overall: Pottsboro FFA - Parker Brady, Tim Watwood, Christian Carassco, Cody McDaniel and Zack Walton - storage shed;


Showmanship: Van Alstyne FFA - Aaron Russell - tailgate bench and table;


Livestock equipment: Whitesboro FFA - Timothy Teater, Payson West, Jessica Ackley, Jackie Middleton, Noel Galaw and Michael Tuck - chicken coop; Sherman FFA - Tyler Kelley, Grant Jones and Hayden Taylor - tub and alley; Sherman FFA - Zach Carlisle, Zach Watkins and Noah Raney - portable chicken coop; and Tom Bean FFA - Tanner Ellis and Sheldon Roberson - clipping chute;


Stock trailer: S&S FFA - Wyatt Mayer, Bethany Ballard and Charlene Hudson;


Large utility trailer: S&S FFA - Tate Thacker, Caleb Stricklin, Ben Franklin, Clay Sammons, Drew Dutton and Clark Sullivant - trailer; Whitesboro FFA - Trey Bettencourt, Tyler Parks and Richard Coon - ATV trailer;


Small utility trailer: Bells FFA - Triston Powell, Blake Stephens and J.D. Shaw - trailer;


Machinery: Bells FFA - Dex Brewer and Ethan Jansen - welding table with crane; S&S FFA - Colton Vinson - material bucket; S&S FFA - Cody Edwards, Clay Reeves and Karlee Phillips - welding skid; and Van Alstyne FFA - Ryan Beam - work bench;


Smokers: Bells FFA - Ellen Richards, Christie Snavely and Emily Fagan - Texas smoker; Gunter FFA - Tyler Roane and Justyn Davis - trailer smoker; Sherman FFA - Noah Raney - big wheel smoker; and Van Alstyne FFA - Wesley Russell and Luke Borel - patio smoker;


Wildlife: Bells FFA - Drake Spears - hog trap; Denison FFA - Kara Harrelson - deer feeder; and S&S FFA - Shelby Page, Hunter Lynch, Marcus Drew and Calvin Hudson - predator box;


Outdoor/Lawn and Garden: Pottsboro FFA - Parker Brady, Tim Watwood, Christian Carassco, Cody McDaniel and Zack Walton - storage shed; Van Alstyne FFA - Aaron Russell - tailgate bench and table; Collinsville FFA - Cody Nash - knife and hatchet; and Bells FFA - fire pit;