Little “I” attracts 20 new FFA chapters

The 91st Little International took place March 28 and 29 with approximately 2,200 4-H and FFA students. The attendance was up from last year as 20 new FFA chapters came to the event. 

“The spectator crowd was up from previous years and we were thankful for all those who came out and supported Little I. We hope to continue promoting SDSU and the agricultural industry for many years to come,” said D.J. Buseman, Little International manager. 

Sara Glisczinski, advertising assistant for Little I, has been involved with the event for two years. This year she showed a bull and novice sheep. 

“The part I love the most about Little I is being able to make a positive influence on some many young kids and people and seeing how everyone comes together and shares there knowledge and experience to help others,” Glisczinski said. 

Little I is run by the student body for students and represents agriculture, Glisczinski said. They have several contests for the two days including crops, dairy cattle, dairy products, floriculture, livestock, horse, natural resources and nursery landscape.

 “It gives students the opportunity just to show animals, maybe even the ones that don’t have any experience showing animals… how to treat an animal, how to care for one, and just some other responsibilities,” Cheyenne Edmundson, advertising and publicity member for Little I said.

High School FFA students filled out score sheets during the competition to help in the ranking of the animals that were shown. They ranked the cattle from best looking, best quality, best structure and other individual scoring for certain animals.

“They are all career based contests,” said Edmundson. “For me, I did Little I contests when I was in high school. It helped you figure out what you are interested in… figure out before you even get to college, the careers you might want to go into.” 

A dance followed Saturday’s events at the Days Inn for anybody who wanted to attend.