Five members of the Harper FFA Chapter traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma, this past summer to take part in the Oklahoma State University Big 3 Agricultural Field Days.
Taking part were Kelton Marek, Marti Lumpkins, Kolby Marek, Kaylee Kramer and Hallie Yates.
The three-day event was held at the Oklahoma State University Agricultural Center and Campus and featured daily tours of the campus and different departments in the school of agriculture.
Each day began with a livestock judging contest focusing on a specific species followed by a guided tour and group activity in the evening.
The first day began with the “Lamb and Goat” Field Day in which participants judged eight classes of market and breeding lambs and goats.
After lunch, students were given a guided tour of the OSU athletic facilities before traveling to Perkins, Oklahoma, to compete in the Perkins Commercial Cattle Grading National Invitational Contest where Harper placed fourth overall.
Individually, Kramer and Yates placed 13th and 18th, respectively, while Kelton Marek, Kolby Marek and Lumpkins all finished in the top 25 percent of the contest.
In all, more than 100 teams and over 350 contestants representing nine different states participated in this year’s contest, making it the largest to date for this national event, said Harper FFA advisor Jason Marek.
The second day was the “Beef Cattle” Field Day, and began with a livestock judging contest consisting of market and breeding cattle classes.
Following lunch, students were given a tour of the Animal Disease and Diagnostics Lab. The evening ended with a team social and worship service.
The final day began with the “Swine” Field Day, followed by a tour of the OSU School of Veterinary Medicine and an awards ceremony to recognize teams and individuals for their performance throughout the three days of judging.
Individually, Kolby Marek was recognized as the high point individual in cattle after dropping just nine points total.
As a team, Harper placed in the top 20 in sheep and 26th overall.
All five Harper FFA members also finished in the top 25 percent in each of the species.
The Big 3 Field Days drew more than 1,600 contestants from 15 states.
Along with Jason Marek, Felice Marek is also a Harper FFA advisor.
They recognized the Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner for sponsoring the team.