3/2/2020 10:58:00 AM Ag fair gives closeup view of agriculture
Maddie Harreld, a freshman at Stewartville High School in her first year in FFA, left, holds a chicken for a group of fascinated 4-year-old preschoolers from the Central Education Center at the SHS Ag Fair on Wednesday morning, Feb. 26. The preschoolers include, from far right, David Hepner, Emily Mannix, Ashlynn Anderson, Brody Mueller, Mila Rowe, Owen Schulte, Ava Monty and Berkley Liffrig. Maddie said the Ag Fair is special because it gives children a chance to learn about agriculture at a very young age. “I think it’s fun to have the kids come and to get them started early,” she said.
Charlie Gottman, 3, a preschooler at the Central Education Center, left, is happy to see a calf shown by Elizabeth Hurley, a senior at Stewartville High School and a member of the SHS FFA, at the FFA Ag Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Maddie Harreld enjoys being a part of FFA. Maddie, a freshman at Stewartville High School, says the organization enhances her relationships with people and animals alike. "I like to interact with animals and learn new things," she said. "I like that I've met a lot of new people." Maddie's brother, Isaac, a senior at SHS, is the vice president of the school's FFA chapter and a leader of the chapter's poultry team who has shared his fondness for chickens with his younger sister. It was no surprise, then, to see Maddie holding a chicken at the annual Stewartville FFA Ag Fair last week, smiling brightly as she watched preschool and elementary children enjoy a closeup view of the popular farm bird... For more on this story pick up your copy of the March 3 Stewartville STAR.