FFA goes to Denver Stock Show

The Denver Stock Show ... was just one of the many activities that members of the Philip FFA experienced on their four-day field trip. Those attending were (from left) Tiekola Fortune, Dustin Michael, Fred Foland, Rhett Roseth, Britt Miller, Chad Hanrahan and Branden Moos. Not pictured are Tyler Gartner and instructor Doug Hauk. Courtesy photo

The Philip High School Senior Agriculture class earned four days of packed experiences on a field trip to Denver.

The eight Philip seniors, who had sold at least 60 boxes of fruit during their four years in Future Farmers of America, joined other FFA members from Kadoka and New Underwood. The whirlwind trip began at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 16th. The group of 26 students and four instructors /chaperones included the Philip members Tiekola Fortune, Dustin Michael, Fred Foland, Rhett Roseth, Britt Miller, Chad Hanrahan, Branden Moos, Tyler Gartner and instructor Doug Hauk.

At Denver they attended many different places and did many activities. They toured the Anheuser-Busch Brewery where the highlight of the guided tour was the Budweiser Clydesdales. They viewed the stalls, the training center and the famous Clydesdales.

The students enjoyed one of their suppers at the Casa Benita's restaurant. The multi-level Mexican restaurant offers many different live acts, including quick-draw artists, comedians, magicians and divers.

The FFA members also spent a large amount of time taking in the nationally acclaimed Denver Museum of Natural Science. After seeing the museum, the group walked just a few blocks away to visit the Denver Zoo. It was a free visit day for the zoo, so not all of the hundreds of animals were out to be seen.

The main reason the FFA members go on the Denver trip is to see how big and awesome the Denver Stock Show is. They walked around and looked at most of the cattle and exhibits for about five hours. That just illustrates how big of an event this really is. There were four buildings full of exhibits. That does not include all the cattle that were being shown outside.

The final activity the students did in Denver was attend the rodeo on Tuesday night. The evening was pretty entertaining, with many South Dakotans participating in the rodeo.

On the way home, the FFA group stopped at Badger Creek Dairy in Ft. Morgan, CO. This tour was very interesting for everyone. The dairy is family-owned and is the largest dairy in the state of Colorado.

The trip was full and active, but fun. The bus finally pulled back into Philip at about 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.