More than 750 4-H and Future Farmers of America members competed Sunday in the 14th annual Agriculture Mechanics Project Show.
The competitors were judged on their ability to design and construct agricultural mechanics projects such as livestock equipment, trailers, machinery and tractor restoration.
Luke Tinsley’s team from Gonzales, Texas, won a ribbon for their work on a 1960s tractor.
“Our project is a 1967 Farmall International 706. It has a 310 German (engine) in it,” Tinsley said. “We went and turned every bolt on it, went through the whole thing, it’s like brand new.”
While the competition is a chance to show off the hard work students put in, Tinsley said the process to get to the show and the lessons learned along the way are more important.
“You can learn several things from this as far as principles of an engine, dedication and staying late after school working late on your project,” Tinsley said.
The project from the Ag Mech. Team from Corsicana showed that the ingenuity these kids possess extends beyond the farm.
“We built a pair of wheelchair accessible deer stands for paralyzed veterans. We're going to donate this deer stand to the Paralyzed Veterans of America after we finish showing it, and they’re going to use it on public hunts in their chapters between Dallas and Houston for vets all over Texas,” said team member Jack Blanton.
Blanton said an award would be an added bonus. His team got more satisfaction out of seeing wounded vets try out their project.
“They loved it. We had one man tearing up and I can tell you all of us were about to cry just watching it, knowing we were touching somebody's heart like we were,” said Blanton.