High school students will bring agricultural mechanics projects from around the state to the Blinn College – Brenham campus Wednesday, April 27, for the 15th annual Agricultural Mechanics Show.
Event co-founder Johnnie Schroeder hopes to attract students from more than 70 high schools to showcase their finest, and largest, agricultural mechanics projects. The show will be held at the College’s W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex beginning at 10am, with the closing awards ceremony at 4pm.
“What makes this show so great is the time of year,” says Schroeder. “Students have the entire school year to work on their projects.”
The show features projects developed and designed by students in high school FFA chapters and county 4-H clubs. Students work 300 to 400 hours on some projects, which are then judged on quality and showmanship. Projects included agriculture machinery and equipment, livestock equipment, trailers, recreational items including barbecue pits, picnic tables, metal and wood furniture, entrance gates, deer blinds, animal traps and horticulture products, and engines and reconditioned tractors.
Projects will be divided into five categories: agriculture machinery and equipment, livestock and equipment, trailer, recreation, and engine. The winners of each category will be awarded a Blinn scholarship. Submissions include restored tractors and custom-built trailers. There will also be on-site welding and cutting torch contests.
“We are entirely student-focused for this event,” says Schroeder.
For more information on Blinn’s ag science program, visit www.blinn.edu/agriculture.