Jemison FFA hosting ‘Ag Roundup’ April 17

Published 10:12 pm Saturday, March 7, 2009

Get ready for an unconventional kind of rodeo. Jemison High School’s FFA Chapter is hosting an “Ag Roundup” April 17 at 1:30 p.m.

The event will be held at Panther Stadium and viewed by students. There is just one twist — the participants will be students themselves.

“It’s kind of like a human rodeo,” instructor Julie Davis explains. “All participants will be high school students competing in mock rodeo events. However, there will be a grand finale where competitors will either dress a goat or chase a greased pig.”

Scheduled events include: wheelbarrow racing, three-legged race, team barrel racing, piggy back race, quick draw (using water guns), goat dressing and — of course — the greased pig chase.

The purpose of the Ag Roundup, other than just to have a good ol’ time, is to raise needed funds for the Chilton County Humane Society. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will go toward that cause.

All competitors and FFA members will wear local business-sponsored T-shirts, which will list contributing sponsors’ names on the back. Other portions of the funds will benefit FFA activities as well as provide care for horses on campus, which are used as a learning tool for agriscience students.

“The JHS veterinary science class has been volunteering at the Humane Society and will have completed 16 one-hour visits by the end of this school term,” Davis said. “The FFA would like to do their part in helping our community with your help.”

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, the cost is $25 per business or name listed on the T-shirt. For more information, call 280-4860.