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The Farm and The Furious: Baxter takes on FFA Week

Baxter FFA Students drove tractors and rode horses to school to kick off FFA week

It’s FFA Week all across the nation, and the Future Farmers of Baxter are fully embracing it. They have a full week of activities planned, and Courtney Tingwald, Baxter’s FFA advisor and agriculture teacher, is excited to partake in the event for the first time as a teacher.

“I grew up on a family farm,” Tingwald said. “It’s my parent’s farm, and I was involved in 4-H and FFA when I was in high school. We’ve planned some new activities they haven’t done before, so I think they’re excited about that.”

They kicked off FFA week Monday with Drive Your Tractor to School and a Carhart Day. They also held a coloring contest for elementary school students.

Freshman Tucker Ziegman, drove his 1978 White Field Boss 2-70 Tractor to school.

“I just wanted to do it,” Ziegman said. “My dad was in FFA when he was in high school, and I just thought it would be kind of nice. And I live on a farm and everything, and FFA is mostly about agriculture, so I thought it would be nice to learn more about it.”

Tucker wasn’t the only Ziegman who took part in Drive Your Tractor to School Day. His sister, Katie, participated in a different way: she rode a horse to school.

“My friend McKenna Wigg and I drove old fashioned tractors to school today,” Katie said of the horses.

Senior Austin Eggers also took part in the festivities and drove his 1952 Allis-Chalmers W-D to school. The tractor, which is painted bright orange, was completely restored over the summer by Eggers as a project to “keep him out of trouble.”

“I just felt like taking it out for a spin,” Eggers said jokingly.

National FFA Week runs from Feb. 18 to 22 and events scheduled at Baxter are:

• Monday: Carhart Day, Drive Your Tractor to School Day, and the elementary school coloring contest.

• Tuesday: Cowgirl/Cowboy Day and the Build-A-Barn contest, where they make barns out of gingerbread.

• Wednesday: FFA Spirit Day, Greenhand Day for freshman, where they wear green gloves all day, and the crowning of Build-A-Barn contest winners.

• Thursday: Official Dress Day, where they wear their signature FFA jackets, black slacks and a white dress shirt. They also will partake in Sub-Districts in Colfax, and announce the winners of the coloring contest.

•Friday: They will provide the staff breakfast and it will also be FFA T-shirt Day.

Staff Writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641)-792-3121 Ext. 426 or

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