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Photo by Shawn Hilliary, Elgin FFA Reporter
Students prepare their turtles for the turtle races at the 2019 Elgin FFA Ice Cream Social. This year marked the 40th Anniversary of the event and included an open house for the new Ag Building.
Students prepare their turtles for the turtle races at the 2019 Elgin FFA Ice Cream Social. This year marked the 40th Anniversary of the event and included an open house for the new Ag Building.

“The Ice Cream Social has always been an important tradition to the Elgin Community.” - Blakley Howard, Elgin FFA Chapter Treasurer

ELGIN - I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. The Elgin FFA Chapter recently hosted the annual Elgin FFA Ice Cream Social. It was an exciting evening of fellowship among students, rekindling relationships of Elgin FFA alumni and enjoy- ing some of the most delicious homemade ice cream there is to offer. This year’s Ice Cream Social was different than most, as it was the 40th anniversary of the very first Elgin FFA Ice Cream Social. The purpose of the first Ice Cream Social was to hold an open house for the new Ag Building in 1979. Forty years later, the Elgin FFA Chapter held the official open house for the new state-of-the-art Agricultural Education Building.

“The Ice Cream Social has always been an important tradition to the Elgin Community.” Blakley Howard, Elgin FFA Chapter Treasurer said. “For 40 years the chapter has hosted this event to get the community out to meet the teachers and socialize. With Elgin having grown as much as it has, it continues to be as important as ever.”  Elgin FFA President Brook Langford began the evening by giving the welcome, followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Elgin FFA Junior Bria Martin. Mr. Nate Meraz, Elgin Public Schools Superintendent, then introduced the new faculty and staff members joining Elgin Schools this year. The evening continued with face painting, turtle races and a bounce house for the children. Tours of the new Ag Building continued into the evening hours.

Among the large crowd of attendees were several Elgin FFA Alumni who made a long journey to see the new facilities. Leslie (Ballou) Holland, former State FFA Officer from Elgin, made the trip from Texas to attend the open house. Former State FFA Officers Amber (Moser) McNeil and Kelby Corbett were also in attendance. Mr. Vince McGolden, Mr. Charles Spencer, and Mr. Jerry Renshaw, all former Elgin Ag Teachers were present for the evening’s events. As the evening drew to a close, former Elgin FFA members shared stories of the past with current members. The Elgin FFA Chapter is thankful for the support of the Elgin community and is already anticipating next year’s event.