With several booths at the Maysville Pig Out barbecue enticing visitors to indulge in their smoky and savory goodness, it takes a unique approach to draw in the hungry masses.
Mason County High School’s FFA has opened a booth at the annual event held in downtown Maysville, utilizing meat brought straight from their farm to feed visitors. For the second year in a row, a combination of chapter members, teacher advisors and school alumni serve barbecued foods to raise money for the local chapter.
Juniors Alexis Adams and her friend, Espy Vazquez said setting up the booth and preparing the menu options was an involved process, requiring a lot of teamwork.
“We start at the the beginning of the summer, and we make our plan of action during officer week,” Adams said. “We gather our meat and everything, look at our hogs and our inventory — it’s just a lot of planning.”
According to Adams, the booth itself was organized by advisors Harvey Stanfield and Andrew Sorrel, along with FFA officers and students from the horticulture class. All of the pork items at the booth came directly from the chapter’s barn to the Styrofoam plates of Pig Out visitors.
The money raised from sales at the booth will help fund the FFA chapter’s trip to the National FFA convention, Adams said. Every shift that an FFA member works at the booth, the chapter’s alumni distributes the money between the volunteers.
“We work in shifts, so different people from our alumni will come through and will kind of head different sections,” Adams said. “We kind of have an assembly line that we work, and different advisors and alumni will come through and help out with our sections.”
Both Adams and Vazquez said the experience of working together in making and the booth and its operation a reality is a valuable tool for understanding what it takes to undergo a task such as the one they and their chapter took on.
“It’s a lot of work, but it teaches us how to manage our time and manage our resources,” Adams said
To Vazquez, she believes this experience reinforces FFA’s core ideals.
“It shows us leadership, which is what FFA is all about, is leadership,” Vazquez said.
The FFA booth at the Maysville Pig Out will be open throughout the day Saturday. Adams and Vazquez invite visitors to stop by to try pork from their farm and help fund the chapter’s trip to the national convention.