Receiving awards for the Fairfax Kiwanis Club’s corn yield contest, from left to right, are: Ethan Riley, FFA Advisor; Amelia Larson, 3rd place; Tatem Johnson, 2nd place; and Ryker Parks, 1st place. Also pictured is Danny Kemerling, Fairfax Kiwanis Club president. (Submitted photo)

The Fairfax Kiwanis Club held the 76th annual Corn Yield Contest and honored the Fairfax FFA Chapter January 31 with a lunch and awards presented to winners in the conference room at Community Hospital-Fairfax.

The top three students were recognized for their honors in accordance to bushels per acre with an engraved picture plaque. Danny Kemerling, Fairfax Kiwanis president, presented  engraved picture plaques to: Ryker Parks, first place, 242.92 bushels per acre; Tatem Johnson, second place, 205.33 bushels per acre; and Amelia Larson, third place, 184.02 bushels per acre; and FFA Advisor Ethan Riley.

The Fairfax Kiwanis Club has sponsored this event since 1947 and has seen many changes in the corn yields, technology, the equipment used, means of obtaining the corn for counting and student participation. Bob Alldredge, Kiwanis Corn Yield chairman, shared some history and pictures of past recipients and past yearly chapters connected with this FFA project.

Each honoree gave the formulas used for their particular crop production.  Guests included were Mallory Fisher, Mike and Sandy Fisher, Kent Fisher, Gary Johnson, Roger Pennel, and Ethan Riley, FFA Advisor. Kiwanis members joining in the celebration were: Danny Kemerling, president; Marilyn Alldredge, secretary, Bob Alldredge, treasurer; Keifer Nemyer, vice-president; Kris Umbarger, past president; and Gene Carder.

The meeting concluded with brags and the Kiwanis Defining Statement.