By Jakob Long
On August 11-21 the annual Iowa State Fair was held in Des Moines, IA. This year 5 Vinton-Shellsburg FFA chapter members exhibited in photography and breeding beef cattle.
Our photography exhibitors were Shelby McDonald receiving 2 white and 2 red ribbons and Nikki Venneman receiving 1 red ribbon and 3 whites ribbons.
Our breeding beef cattle exhibitors were Jakob Long, Brock Ortner, and Riley Schneider. Jakob received 2 purple ribbons for his Shorthorn purebred and Shorthorn Plus bulls, 1 blue ribbon for his Shorthorn breeding heifer, and 1 yellow ribbon for showmanship. Brock received 1 blue ribbon for his Angus heifer. Riley received 1 red ribbon for his Shorthorn purebred heifer. The Chapter received a red herding award.
Overall, all 3 beef exhibitors together helped the chapter receive a red banner for herding which consist of cleaning tack area, aisles between animals, and making sure cattle and the pens are clean.