Barn Yard Day

Dolores FFA sponsors fun event at high school

Erin Ryan hops on her horse, Stetson, during "Barn Yard Day."


For the better part of the day on May 13, a portion of the Dolores High School football field resembled a barnyard.

Goats and chickens dotted the sidelines and pigs lounged in nearby pens as donkeys and horses stood nearby.

Part of an annual event known as "Barn Yard Day," the showcase sought to expose students to a variety of animals, while simultaneously providing an excuse to enjoy some spring sun.

"We try to bring in at least one of every species that you find around," said Dolores High School agricultural teacher and FFA sponsor Jake Gordanier. "It's kind of a tradition. We've done it every year."

Those attending the event included several high school students, middle school students and elementary students. Daycare children had also attended the event in the past.

"Kids like bringing their own animals from home to be able to do a show and tell with the younger kids," said Gordanier.

A fun event to say the least, "Barn Yard Day" capped off a busy year for the high school's Future farmers of America and agricultural programs. In addition to fielding teams for several FFA competitions, the programs also hosted a variety of career development events and other activities.

"It's pretty active," said Gordanier of the local agricultural programs. "We have a lot of good kids."

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Lacy Hamilton hangs out with her dog, Spaz, during Barn Yard Day at Dolores High School. Enlargephoto

Sam Green/Dolores Star Lacy Hamilton hangs out with her dog, Spaz, during "Barn Yard Day" at Dolores High School.

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Joleen Williams cuddles her lamb during Barn Yard Day, which was sponsored by the Dolores High School FFA. Enlargephoto

Sam Green/Dolores Star Joleen Williams cuddles her lamb during "Barn Yard Day," which was sponsored by the Dolores High School FFA.