The 13th annual Blinn College Ag Mechanics Project Show drew a record 152 entries from 60 schools around the state Wednesday afternoon at the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex.

Shane Kirts of Era High School FFA was named grand champion with his restoration of a 1967 Allis Chalmers tractor and Cody Garrett of Cuero FFA was named reserve grand champion for his 57-foot semi livestock trailer.

The 152 projects mark an all-time best for the show. The top three entries in each division received Blinn scholarships.

“In our 13 years, this year was the biggest and the best,” show co-founder and Agricultural Sciences Professor Johnnie Schroeder said.

The show featured projects developed and designed by students in high school FFA chapters and county 4-H clubs. Students worked 300-400 hours on some projects, which were then judged on quality and showmanship. Projects included agriculture machinery and equipment; livestock equipment; trailers; recreational items including barbecue pits, picnic tables, metal and wood furniture, entrance gates, deer blinds, animal traps and horticulture products; and engines and reconditioned tractors.

Demonstrations in welding, cutting and power tools were held throughout the day. The show also included welding, metal-cutting, wildlife and horticulture contests.

The Blinn Agricultural Sciences Program is roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state and offers agriculture classes on all of its campuses, with the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex serving as the program’s hub.

In addition to its excellence in the classroom, Blinn offers extracurricular educational activities in the areas of livestock judging, agriculture club, wildlife, agriculture mechanics, horticulture and agriculture sciences.

For more information on Blinn’s ag science program, visit:
Story and photo courtesy of Blinn College.


Grand Champion - Shane Kirts story

Shane Kirts with his winning 1967 Allis Chalmers tractor.

Blinn College Ag Mechanics Project Show Results

Ag Machinery & Equipment Classes

 1. Lauren Zajicek and Cullen Powers Columbus FFA Six-foot hydraulic box blade with roller
2. Grant Galle, Ethan Connor David Saldaba, Wagner Nors and Blake Divin Hillsboro FFA Hydraulic demonstration table
 3. Zachary Balcar LaVernia FFA 3’x5’ welding metal shop table

Livestock & Equipment Classes

 1. Jordan Hall Alto FFA Portable cattle guard
2. Randy Cheek, Victor Rameriez,Victor Lucio Tidehaven FFA Portable cattle corral
 3. Clayton Hanke Rockdale FFA Calf roping chute

Trailer Classes

 1. Cody Garrett** Cuero FFA 57-foot semi livestock trailer
2. Jonathon Mills, Bradley Mills, Andy Canales and Dustin Price LaPorte FFA 19-foot hydraulic tilt equipment hauler
 3. Ryan Hickmon, Austin Strong and Christian Gonzales Peaster FFA 33.5-foot multibale hay trailer

Recreation Classes

 1. Znthony Zeig, Dalton Menard, Colter Smith, John Davis, Ty McCarver and Trevor Dooley Franklin FFA Smoke trailer
2. Colton Hays Medina Valley FFA Deer blind
 3. Brittany Frazier and Crystal Garcia Seven Lakes FFA Entrance gate

Engine Classes

 1. Shane Kirts* Era FFA 1967 Allis Chalmers 170
2. Jeffrey Newec, Parker Goebel, Alexis Anders and McKenzie Bohach Cuero FFA 1968 Oliver 2150 Row Crop
 3. Cheyanne Gillum Kerr County 4-H 1949 Farmall Club

*Grand champion

**Reserve grand champion

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