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Pierce High School was the location of the Arbuckle FFA chapter's 16th annual Ag Technology Field day on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The only FFA Ag/Technology field day event in California run entirely by high school students attracted more than 1,000 FFA members from chapters as far north as Doris and as far south as San Luis Obispo, who participated in 18 contests testing their skills ranging from job interview to vegetable crops, farm power, floriculture and ag mechanics.
The seeds for this event were planted while on a long pick-up ride home from a college-sponsored field day 17 years ago. Arbuckle FFA students were expressing appreciation for all of the work their hosts had put in to the field day they'd just attended. These young people got to thinking that they could do a field day, too. The first Arbuckle Field Day was held the following February and featured three contests. Chapters from the California FFA Superior Region were invited and 34 FFA members attended. The roots of this event took hold and have blossomed into an annual favorite of many FFA members and their advisors. Arbuckle FFA advisor Cindy Rohde remarked that she is always so proud of the amazing work the students do as they organize the Field Day each year.