Local Ag Mechanics students, projects leave city limits


Tristan Barker, Pleasanton FFA, won third place for his pig scale at the San Angelo Ag Mechanics Show & Rodeo on Feb. 6. This scale was also a firstplace winner at the ACLS. Be on the lookout for a feature story on Barker in a future edition. COURTESY PHOTO

Tristan Barker, Pleasanton FFA, won third place for his pig scale at the San Angelo Ag Mechanics Show & Rodeo on Feb. 6. This scale was also a first-place winner at the ACLS. Be on the lookout for a feature story on Barker in a future edition. COURTESY PHOTO

The transition of 2020 to 2021 brought with it the hope of a better year. Could anything good come from 2020? In every situation, in every time period, there are positive and exciting things going on. We just have to be willing to see them.

January 2021 revealed to us the culmination of some great things that were happening throughout 2020. The agricultural industry was enduring and thriving. And local young people continued to put their natural talents and acquired skills to work. Not all of us saw what went into it, day-in and day-out, but it was happening.

These kids and their families—and all those involved—have persevered. The Atascosa County and McMullen County stock shows looked different this year, but they still took place. Adjustments had to be made, but with support and encouragement from their families and Ag teachers, these kids did not give up. They continued on, not knowing how the stock shows would look this year, or even if they would occur at all. This is the epitome of commitment.

Montgomery Cain, Pleasanton FFA, working on a deer blind which he and a friend will show at the San Antonio Junior Ag Mechanics Marketplace Show Feb. 26-28. He is drilling a pilot hole to secure the sheet metal to the frame of the deer blind. Cain’s pistol dueling tree and fishing rod/rack earned him first and second places at the ACLS. You will read his feature story in an upcoming issue. COURTESY PHOTO

Montgomery Cain, Pleasanton FFA, working on a deer blind which he and a friend will show at the San Antonio Junior Ag Mechanics Marketplace Show Feb. 26-28. He is drilling a pilot hole to secure the sheet metal to the frame of the deer blind. Cain’s pistol dueling tree and fishing rod/rack earned him first and second places at the ACLS. You will read his feature story in an upcoming issue. COURTESY PHOTO

Over the next several weeks, the Farm & Ranch section of the Pleasanton Express will feature local Ag Mechanics students and their outstanding accomplishments with their projects and talents. Some of these students have even decided to compete in other shows such as those in San Angelo and San Antonio. Here’s a little bit of information regarding the expectations for each of these shows.

San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Agricultural Mechanics Contest, Feb. 4-6

The purpose of this show is to give Texas Ag Mechanics students an opportunity to showcase the projects that they’ve invested their efforts and talents in throughout the previous calendar year. Categories include those relating to trailers, machinery and equipment, home convenience, outdoor cooking and restoration.

For more information on this contest, visit www.sanangelorodeo.com/events/2019/agriculturalmechanicscontest.

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Junior Agricultural Mechanics Show, Feb. 26-28

Lorena Leal, Poteet FFA, using a plasma cutter to cut one of the leg supports for her resin table which won her a blue ribbon at the ACLS. Look in next week’s issue for a feature story on Leal. COURTESY PHOTO

Lorena Leal, Poteet FFA, using a plasma cutter to cut one of the leg supports for her resin table which won her a blue ribbon at the ACLS. Look in next week’s issue for a feature story on Leal. COURTESY PHOTO

The Junior Agricultural Mechanics Show is independent from other stock show events. This team competition puts to the test both the salesmanship and craftsmanship skills of Texas students. The contest considers their performance on a written exam and marketing development, but the main focus is on their sales presentation to a panel of judges. To enter, the two-to-four-member teams are required to put their projects up for sale to the general public. In addition to silent auctions, the highest-placing projects are sold at a live auction.

More information on this competition can be found at systembackend.sarodeo.com/livestock/agriculturalmechanicsmarketplacecompetition.

Let’s continue to find ways to support our youth as they gain experiences, hone their skills and pursue their interests in the agricultural industry.

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