- Fairbury News staff
Tractor time at PCHS
Those passing by north Seventh Street Thursday morning may have thought Prairie Central High School turned into a used farm equipment dealership.
Members of the Prairie Central FFA participated in the annual drive your tractor to school day during National FFA Week. Carson Zimmerman drove a John Deere four-wheel-drive tractor from his home north of Forrest.
“This is definitely my favorite day,” Zimmerman said.
Clayton Rieger also had a long morning commute through farm country as he brought a John Deere 9630 on tracks from the Chatsworth area.
“I like it. It’s pretty fun,” admitted Rieger.
Thursday was one of many special days at the high school to honor the FFA. While there was no petting zoo or Farm and Home Show this year, PCHS ag teacher Becky Freed said they were trying to make the most of the week.
“We are having dress-up days and activities for all of the students,” Freed noted. “We had an FFA game night on Monday.”
The kids seem to be excited about getting together even if it means social distancing and wearing masks. Thursday’s tractor day is always a highlight and an FFA member pizza party ends the week on Friday.
It has been a successful year for the Prairie Central FFA even though things have been different with plenty of virtual events. PCHS was able to compete in ag sales last fall, with the team winning the state contest. They hope to go to nationals.
“This week we have proficiency interviews on supervised ag experiences and we have two students that are advancing to district competition in that,” explained Freed.
Members are currently practicing for poultry and meats judging. An online FFA auction is planned this year with more details to be released soon.