The Star Valley FFA is promoting a gun raffle in an attempt to raise funds to send students to Indianapolis, Indiana for the FFA Nationals.
The public can enter now until September 30 by purchasing a raffle ticket for $5. The gun is a .454 Casull from Freedom Arms.
You can purchase them at the three locations of Our Valley Pharmacy, Valley Market, Alpine Gun Trader, Wyoming Minute Man, and other various locations around the valley.
All money raised will go to helping students to go to the National FFA Convention and Expo. A couple of students competed in state, but none qualified for nationals. However, the group received an invitation to attend.
“It’s a huge accomplishment for these kids,” Stephanie Carrey with the Star Valley FFA said. “We know locally here the kids compete at the fair… and they can work they way up through local county to state and then from there they can make it to nationals.”
She says this year the local FFA group of kids competed in chickens, sheep, goats, steers, and horses. She also says they are hoping to get ten students along with FFA Advisor, Dallas Warren, to Indianapolis.
Carrey believes the FFA is more than just farming, but helps sets up students to develop a particular skill.
“FFA is one of the very few school curriculums that offer real-life experiences,” Carrey said. “Everyday…your experiences are based around agriculture, which is a big part of FFA, or the trades.”
She says trades are “what make the world go round”. Leanne Guyett is from the Star Valley FFA and she says her family recently moved here. She says it has really helped her daughter settle into the area.
“The kids in FFA are like a family, they’re friends,” Guyett said. “She’s learned so much from those kids and just being in it, the experiences, the trips they go on.”
If anyone has any questions on the raffle, Carrey says you can reach out to alumni members. They have tickets or they can provide information where tickets can be purchased. There will be posters placed around the valley for more information as well.