Martinsville Ag Community Rallies to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

You can help by attending Farmer's Olympics night this Friday.

Published on: Dec 11, 2012

When an FFA member and high school student calls me and is excited about something, you know it's a big deal. Caleb Bright, a farmboy and member of the Martinsville FFA, wanted everyone to know about a special event his chapter and the community are sponsoring this Friday night, Dec. 14. It's a benefit to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

But it's not your typical benefit concert or dance. It's 100% agricultural – only something farmers and ag kids would get excited about. It's a Farmer's Olympic showdown, with members of the community already getting excited about competing against each other in various contests. It's all for fun and all for a good cause.

Tradition matters: These Martinsville FFA students are carrying on a tradition decades old at Martinsville. They recently uncovered FFA records dating back into the 1930s. Theyre holding an event this Friday to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Tradition matters: These Martinsville FFA students are carrying on a tradition decades old at Martinsville. They recently uncovered FFA records dating back into the 1930s. They're holding an event this Friday to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The benefit event begins at 6:15 p.m. EST this Friday at the Martinsville West Middle School. It's located at 109 East Garfield Avenue in Martinsville. There will be a straw bale toss for height and distance. (Hmm, measuring that height portion could be tough!)

There will also be a partners' event – a wheelbarrow race – which is always exciting. These are only two of a host of events planned for the evening. The benefit is expected to last until 9 p.m.

There is no admission charge to attend. However, a free will donation is appreciated. All money raised will be donated to the Red Cross, and earmarked for relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims.

"We hope you come out Friday night and watch a bunch of farmers and farm kids do what they do best," Bright says.

Bright and fellow FFA member Beau Curless head up the event. The Friday night benefit is not the only fundraising they're doing as part of this project. They're also partnering with other groups, and hope to raise as much money as possible to donate for the effort. Watch for a report on how successful they are here on the Web.

For more information on the event, contact Martinsville FFA. John Jackson and Don Sheldon are the FFA advisors. Email: sheldd@msdmail.net or call 765-342-5571.