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FFA Members Gear Up For Fair Competition
Their numbers may be small but they stay busy, especially around fair time.

Half a dozen members of Riverbank High's Future Farmers of America organization are preparing projects for the Stanislaus County Fair that will open Friday in Turlock for a 10-day run.

The FFA group will include students Katie Ayers, Nick Ayers, Kenia Munguia, Kayla Scallorn and Miguel Cebreros plus parent Sherri Ayers.

They will be heading for the fair on Thursday with five rabbits, four market goats and four "educational" planter boxes filled with zucchini, carrots, radishes, tomatoes and cucumbers.

They will be taking along a doghouse built by Cebreros and a friend and a rabbit hutch put together by Munguia for entry in the agricultural mechanics category.

They also intend to enter a cut flowers display and compete in the photography contest.

The goats will be auctioned this Saturday, said Sherri Ayers, noting the meat "is very lean and similar in taste to veal."

The students are still looking for potential buyers and /or donations, she added, asking for the local community's support. Each goat costs about $150 in the first place, has cost another $200 or so to prepare for the fair, and the students will hardly make $200 profit.

This is the first year the Riverbank FFA will have a rabbit exhibit. The biggest bunny is named "Moose" because he is heavy and muscular for his size.

The vegetables that fill the planter boxes were raised in the Riverbank Community Garden at California Avenue and Eighth Street.