From rainy days to cold nights, it did not stop the 2011 Dairy Judging participants from coming out and having an amazing time at the Rowan County Fair Grounds. As Beverly, Alyssa and I loaded up in “The Tank”, aka Beverly’s truck, Wednesday afternoon to head to the fair grounds we where on the look out for activity buses filled with excited FFA members. We passed the West Carteret and Johnston county buses, smiled and waved as we went by them! As always, we had to do a traditional Wal-Mart stop and found Hobbton wondering around the parking lot waiting to get on the bus. Finally, we made it to the fair grounds with a warm welcome by FFA members and enjoyed a great meal provided by the West and South Rowan FFA chapters… baked beans, slaw, pork chop sandwich, chips, sweet tea and some amazing banana pudding! After the meal FFA members were divided up by chapters to go and run through the events so that the students would know and understand the rules for the next day’s competition. As the rain continued and the tornado warning was no longer in affect it was time to call it a night. The FFA members went back to their hotels, cows where loaded up on their trailers, and the state officers, Cory Wade and Mr. Davis were on the way to Beverly’s farm. Beverly and I in the Tank, and Cory, Mr. Davis and Alyssa in the struggle van, what could go wrong? This, the struggle van could not make it to the farm due to the road’s flooding. So now it was time to get some sleep for the next days events.
Bright and early Thursday morning it was time to get things started on the Rowan County fair grounds. Every one was divided up in A, B, C and D and the event started. As they competed in the cold and rainy weather they had to opportunity to have a snack brake with milk and an Apple Ugly, known to be a great snack in Rowan County. The competition continued with people giving oral reasons, tests and placing the dairy cows. As the day ended, it was good to see familiar faces and also meet new people. I had a great time talking, laughing and getting to know all the FFA members there at this event! We had an amazing time and cannot wait to see y'all at the next few events!!!!!!!