Alpena’s FFA had an ‘a-moosing’ week

ALPENA – Alpena High Schools FFA members are celebrating national FFA week with daily activities during lunch including a straw bail toss on Monday, country photo booth and one minute races Wednesday, a milking race Thursday, and a tricycle race along with staff appreciation day today.

Thursday’s milking race involved a handcrafted cow with functional utters created with bottles. The participants had to kick off their shoes at the starting line, race to the other end of the hall and put on overalls and muck boots, run back to milk the cow, then race back to the end of the hall and take off the boots and overalls. The students who participated had a lot of fun, along with their audience. Each participant was timed and the person with the lowest time won a $5 certificate.

FFA high school advisers Barry Rondeau and Melissa Smith supervised the event.

“This week is designed to promote awareness and agriculture within the community,” Smith said. “FFA week is a national event.”

The Alpena FFA was chartered in 1936 and since has turned out 11 Michigan FFA state officers, six American degree recipients, and numerous state degrees and leadership competitors.

Alpena FFA members will be at Tractor Supply Co. on Saturday from 10-2 p.m., and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. selling emblems and collecting donations for the FFA Scholarships for Scholars program. Out of the funds raised, 90 percent stays in Michigan.

Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at or by phone at 358-5687.