FFA hosts annual Barnwarming dinner and dance

Sophomore Sarah Johnson squeezes a calf bottle filled with apple juice into freshman Jeremiah Johnson’s mouth. This was the first game of the night, and was quickly followed up by a series of wheelbarrow races. Barnwarming was held Nov. 9.

International Harvester was the exciting theme for this year’s annual FFA hosted Barnwarming dance. Held on November 9, the dance lasted from 6pm to 10pm. All themes are voted on by the FFA organization during the October meeting and are based on song titles.

  To begin the night, food and awards were handed out during the Greenhand and Chapter FFA degree ceremonies. Shortly after, the music began playing and the lights dimmed as students began line dancing.

  “My favorite part was line dancing,” junior king candidate Aidan Comer said. “My favorite dance was the easiest one: Copperhead Road.”

  A few short games interrupted the night of dancing as king and queen candidates competed against one another in pairs. The first game required the queen candidates to race to their kings and bottle feed them apple juice. The second game required the queens to push the king candidates down a lane in a wheelbarrow.

  “I liked the wheelbarrow game a lot better than the apple juice one because it didn’t make me puke,” Comer said.

  Following the games, king and queen candidates entered the room with their hosts on their arm. In order to run, each king and queen candidate had to fill out a form, be interviewed by teachers, and earn votes via pennies in a jar. After days of preparing, sophomores Donna Pitts and Wesley Drake won the queen and king titles.

  “Everyone has that one thing in high school that is just for them, whether it’s a sport or club. FFA is that thing for me,” Pitts said. “I put everything towards FFA. I always try to help and make things better. My favorite part of the whole night was being able to talk to everyone after winning queen. It was good to hear people be genuinely happy for me and congratulating me.”

  While the events hosted are fun, team bonding and inside jokes always occur during the preparations.

  “My favorite part is cooking the food and seeing everybody have a good time and making memories,” FFA advisor Stan Adler said.