Braden Hahn and Mitch Ristau present Lynn Mensink, representing the Fillmore County Food Shelf, with a check for $1,500.SUBMITTED PHOTOS
Braden Hahn and Mitch Ristau present Lynn Mensink, representing the Fillmore County Food Shelf, with a check for $1,500.

Last week FFA members from across the country celebrated National FFA Week. At Fillmore Central High School, the week was packed with fun activities, food and learning opportunities.

Each day featured a different dress-up opportunity where students got the chance to wear their favorite tractor brand apparel, dress as they would for their dream job, show off their hillbilly side and, of course, promote FFA by wearing the highly regarded FFA Official Dress Corduroy Jacket and ensemble.

All students enjoyed ice cream sundaes during lunch on Tuesday and tried their hardest to get the right answer for the daily trivia question.

On Wednesday morning, FFA members, alumni, community supporters and school staff were invited to breakfast, which was hosted by the FFA Chapter. This was a chance for current FFA members to talk with area farmers and community members that support them. It was also great to see the community members getting to catch up with each other over breakfast.

Thursday, the second-hour classes competed in the All School Agriculture & FFA Knowledge Quiz for their chance to win a class ice cream party. Mr. Levi Olstad's math class won, with Mr. Brady Grewe's physical education class coming in a close second.

The main event was held on Friday when the annual Agriculture Olympics were held. The entire school poured into the gym on Friday afternoon to watch or participate in a variety of agriculture-related challenges. These ranged from pie eating and milk drinking to a three-legged race, a hay bale throw and the most popular egg toss. Students and staff competed and cheered throughout each of these events with the winners earning a free Ag Olympics Champion T-shirt and the bragging rights for the next year. Nearly 100 students competed in the egg toss, with the winning teams proving they could throw and catch an egg from one end of the gym to the other!

One of the highlights of the festivities on Friday afternoon was completing check presentations to the selected organizations from the FFA chapter's annual fall corn drive fundraiser. While some may think that the corn drive is a fundraiser for FFA expenses, it is actually a community service activity that both FFA members and community members can be a part of.

Braden Hahn and Mitch Ristau presented the checks. Lynn Mensink represented the Fillmore County Food Shelf and accepted a check for $1,500. She reported the money could buy approximately 7,500 pounds of food that will help those less fortunate in the area.

Alison Sherman represented the Camps of Courage and Friendship, which provides services to thousands of mentally and physically challenged children and adults each year at their various locations throughout Minnesota. Sherman accepted a check for $5,000 which will help approximately 4,000 people attend camps and activities this year. This was such an excellent opportunity for students and staff to see the generosity of Fillmore County residents and Fillmore Central students and staff.