Tuesday, January 28, 2003
They collected Christmas trees for Sable House. They baked pies and served the guests at the annual Polk County Fair Improvement Auction and Dinner.
"These youth earn special degrees that are very tough, very competitive," said Pat Letsch in presenting the award of Outstanding Organization to Dallas FFA.
"They have to fill out applications in seconds, go through interviews, show they've got what it takes."
Visitors to the Polk County Fair know the FFA students from the piglets, the cows and sheep and other animals on display and in competition.
But the FFA students know their special animal projects wouldn't be possible without the support of fair market buyers.
The last two years Dallas FFA has presented an appreciation barbecue for buyers in addition to other barbecues and events to either say thanks or continue self-supporting their programs.
"Our kids are something we can be proud about, whether they're working here locally or traveling throughout our state and nation, representing us," said Letsch, whose daughter, Lisa, is chapter president.
Dave Voves, the evening's master of ceremonies, echoed her sentiments.
"When you see these kids out there, when you witness what they can accomplish locally and at the national convention, where there are thousands of them, you know that our future is secure."