Jenna Davis and Ginger Coberly from the Lamar Chamber of Commerce presented Lamar FFA District members with a $4,000 check, payment for their assistance with the annual Farm City Banquet held at the Lamar Community Building.
The yearly banquet features entertainment, updates from the local FFA Chapters, carcass payments from the annual Sand and Sage Fair and food. That’s there the FFA comes into play. According to Wiley teacher and FFA advisor, Samantha Reese, students play certain roles in the event. FFA students, Lenea Gurule and Maddi Buxton, said there are usually six students from each of the seven chapters who volunteer with the meal which is planned out as early as the summer.
Gurule said, “This is not as hard to do as you would think, but it does take time. We have other events in our FFA program which can be more difficult, but we enjoy helping out and getting together.” The students are divided into three teams on the night of the banquet, each of which has specific duties, from the cooking to serving to cleaning up when the night is over.
Buxton said the funds help pay for some annual costs the FFA encounters. Reese added, “This will help paying for awards, district officer jackets, banquets and our annual January Leadership Conference next month. We invite area chapters to participate.” The local FFA is comprised of members from Lamar, Holly, Granada, Wiley, McClave and Las Animas.
By Russ Baldwin
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