Nearly 1,200 people came to Enterprise High School on Thursday morning to participate in the Future Farmers of America South District Eliminations, according to Enterprise FFA Advisor Jerad Dyess.
“We’ve hosted this for the last eight years,” said Dyess. “All the schools from our FFA south district come to compete to see who moves on to state competition. They compete in everything from poultry judging to public speaking.”
The competition started with a commencement ceremony in the EHS Performing Arts Center, which featured guest speakers that included FFA members and city officials.
Enterprise Mayor Bill Cooper was among those guest speakers.
“I know that you are here for competition, but you are all winners,” Cooper told competitors. “And (I’m sure) your teachers who have instructed you now and through the year to get you ready for the competition do look forward to you all being winners in one way or another.”
EHS Principal Brent Harrison introduced competitors.
“This is always one of my favorite days here, because it’s a chance for our students -- you -- to be able to show what you’ve learned throughout the year and the years being involved in the FFA,” Harrison said. “Jerad Dyess and Whitney Dyess (FFA Advisor) have worked tirelessly to get this event organized and get it ready each year, and they do a tremendous job. I love having you here. I say it every year -- I want this event to take place on this campus year in and year out.”
Competition took place at various areas on campus, including the band room, gymnasium, greenhouse and JROTC building.
Dyess said Enterprise’s FFA chapter has traditionally performed well in this competition.
State competition will be held on June 4.