Chrisman FFA hosts annual Tractor Safety Career Development event

On September 14th, the Chrisman FFA Chapter hosted their annual Section 18 Tractor Safety Career Development Event at Centennial Park in Chrisman.

There were a total of 11 members from three different schools that arrived and competed to see who knew the most about tractor safety.

The contest consisted of four different events. The first of these being a written exam on tractor safety. 

The second activity required members to inspect a tractor to find 10 faults that determines if the tractor is safe to drive. The most difficult events required members to complete a driving exercise,  the first a two-wheeled cart, and then a four-wheeled wagon.

Both of the exercises required a member to back the cart or wagon into a designated area while avoiding the metal stakes that marked its location.

This event scores similarly to golf, where the lowest score receives the highest placing.

After a long afternoon, the dust lifted, revealing the top three competitors. First place was Zane Wright from Armstrong with 769 points; Derreck Craig from Chrisman secured second place with 978 points; third place was claimed by Cameron Baugh from Chrisman with 1141 points; and 4th was taken by Wyatt Burgess with 1540 points. Chrisman took the title of overall best team with an accumulative of 3660 points compared to Armstrong with 4391 points and Oakland with 5734 points.

The Chrisman FFA would like to thank the Chrisman Farm Center for providing two of the tractors, and for their continued support throughout the school year. Without their support this event wouldn’t have taken place. The Chrisman FFA would also like to thank Mark Wyatt and Steiner Farms for providing wagons, Jim Woodyard for providing a two-wheel cart, and Eric Dixon for providing a tractor and a two-wheel cart. Without their support, the Tractor Safety Career Development Event wouldn’t have taken place.

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