Jakob Long was one of many VS FFA members to earn ribbons at the Iowa State Fair this summer.

Jakob Long was one of many VS FFA members to earn ribbons at the Iowa State Fair this summer.

By Jakob Long, VS FFA Co-Reporter

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.