County students this week are competing in the annual Johnson County Junior Livestock Show and Youth Fair. In addition to animals and youth fair projects, some students display ag mechanics projects.
After three months of hard work, three Grandview High School Future Farmers of America students will showcase a 24-foot trailer this week.
GHS agriculture teacher Josh Hughes said seniors Dakota Campos, Ryder Darby and Christian Brigandi started working on the trailer in October.
“They built it on their own,” Hughes said. “There was no kit or anything like that. We also took it to [Sabre Industries] in Alvarado and they galvanized it for us.”
Campos said he, Darby and Brigandi wanted to have a big senior project to do for FFA.
“We all got together and decided to build a big 24-foot trailer,” Campos said. “We built it so that we could haul anything, like wood and other supplies.”
Campos said as well as working on the trailer, the mechanics class works on other projects throughout the year.
“People will bring in broke down trucks and we will come in and work on them,” Campos said. “We teach the freshman and sophomores how to weld. We basically work on anything that needs to be done.”
Campos said this is the first time he has entered a group project into the livestock show.
“It has come along really well,” Campos said. “All three of us have worked very hard. We are excited to see what happens at the show.”
Campos said after the show, the FFA will use the trailer to help them haul supplies for different projects.
“It will be used for FFA for now, but later we will maybe be using it for our own personal use,” Campos said.
Hughes said Campos and the other boys are great boys to work with and that they will take the time to figure something out to fix a problem.
The ag mechanics projects will be judged today, as well as youth fair entries. Shows today include rabbits, dairy cattle and swine.
Thursday brings the goat, lamb and steer shows, with the last animals, swine and beef heifer, being showcased Friday.
For more information about the show, visit www.jclaa.net.