Roberto Rodriguez – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The Manatee County Fair has ended after two weeks with the LRHS FFA Chapter competing in all livestock, botany, and creative projects.

Livestock projects consisted of dairy, swine, beef, goat, rabbit, and chicken pets. Exhibitors have been raising the animal for many months prior to the Manatee County Fair in hopes of meeting all requirements to have the opportunity to show their project.

Some graduating seniors are forced to say “farewell” to exhibiting, some after years of participation.

Senior Kylie Duquette said, “For my last year, I showed a beef heifer and a market steer. I got second place overall senior showman for my steer and was in the final drive for grand! My heifer got called back for showmanship in the final drive and fourth in her class. It was hard to believe that it was my last year and I’ll definitely miss it but I’m excited for the next chapter of life.”

Not only were chapter members awards of projects, but on Saturday, Jan. 20 FFA members found out if they were awarded of any of the scholarships. Seniors Roberto Rodriguez, Cara Zeveney and Jessica Bierds all won scholarships that night from the Manatee County Fair Commissions.

With the fair now over, the Chapter now has to focus on the end of the year banquet and continuing Career Development Events that have yet to compete at the upcoming Florida State Fair.

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