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Agricultural Heritage Museum co-sponsors FFA Olympics

KEWANEE — The Midwest Agricultural Heritage Museum invites the public to the 2013 FFA Olympics and tractor show at the Black Hawk College East Campus on Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The campus is east of Galva at the intersection of Routes 34 and 78. Admission to this family-friendly event is free.

“We are extremely pleased to be a co-sponsor of the 2013 FFA Olympics,” said Chris McMillen, the Midwest Agricultural Heritage Museum’s chairman of the board. “It fits with our mission to promote awareness and appreciation of the role of agriculture in our lives.”

The museum is also contributing prize money for the tractor show.

“In addition, we will have a cash drawing to kick off our spring fundraising drive,” McMillen said.

FFA members will compete in a variety of fun and challenging Olympic contests based on real-life agricultural skills — including straw bale toss, tug-of-war, relay race, bucket hold, sack race and more. High school students from the AlWood, Annawan, Bureau Valley, Cambridge, Galva, Geneseo, Kewanee, Orion, Princeton, Rowva, Sherrard, Stark County and Wethersfield school districts will compete.

In addition to the FFA Olympics, antique tractors and equipment will be on display. The food stand will be open all day.

The FFA Olympics is part of FFA Week, which is held every year and always includes Washington’s Birthday, Feb. 22. Its purpose is to educate the public about agriculture. In addition to the Olympics, members also host teacher appreciation breakfasts, volunteer for community service projects, speak to groups and more.

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