Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Haunted Corn Maze

The Haunted Corn Maze is a spooky version of the Meadowlands Farm Corn Maze put together by the Newark FFA!

It’s almost Halloween, and that means it’s time for haunted houses and corn mazes. The Newark FFA Chapter is happy to announce that they will be hosting their second Haunted Maze at Meadowlands Farm. The Haunted Maze will be open October 15 and 16 and October 29 and 30. Tours through the maze will be from 7:30-10:30 pm, and tickets are $6 per person.

Groups will be led through the maze by a guide, but it is up to them to find the exit. Different areas such as The Wrong turn, Zombies, and Clowns will be scattered throughout the maze along with many hidden surprises. Hope to see everyone there!

When: Friday October 15--7:30-10:30 pm
Saturday October 16--7:30-10:30 pm
Thursday, October 29--7:30- 10:00 pm
Friday, October 30--7:30-10:30 pm

Admission $6
Proceeds go to the Kendall County Food Pantry
Don't miss out on the Haunted Corn Maze! It's sure to be a scream! Come get lost and get scared!

Meadowlands Farm is at 13890 County Line Road, Newark, IL, south of Route 71 and five miles northeast of the Route 71-U.S. 52 intersection. For more information, call 815-695-5164 ext 228.

Newark FFA has Fall Mums for Sale

The Newark FFA has fall mums that were raised by the students and will be sold until they are sold out. They are in 1 gal pots and are $6. each or 3 for $15. Mums can also be purchased at Scarecrow Fest October 2nd and 3rd. Contact Mr. Steffen @ 815-695-5164 ext. 228 or any Newark FFA member.

Newark FFA Participates in Scarecrow Festival

Newark FFA students are selling mums, gourds, pumpkins, broom corn, and Indian corn at the Meadowlands Scarecrow Fest in Newark on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Newark FFA has been providing fall decorations for the community off and on for over 10 years. All proceeds go to the members of the FFA chapter to pay for leadership camp scholarships, state and national convention scholarships, and for program equipment and supplies. Joe Steffen, FFA instructor at Newark High School, is coordinating the student activities.Meadowlands Farm is located at 13890 County Line Road, Newark, IL. (10 miles from Rt. 47 & 71 intersection; 5 miles from Rt. 52 & 71 intersection).

Friday, September 03, 2010

State FFA Convention

The 2010 Illinois State FFA Convention was held on June 14-16. Illinois FFA members from all over the state met in Springfield. There they attended sessions, workshops, and toured the capitol. During sessions we listened to our 2009-2010 retiring officer’s addresses, learned about leadership, watched proficiency awards, and saw some awesome FFA Talent. The Seneca FFA Chapter was ranked number one in the state, while the Newark FFA Chapter came in second.
After sessions were over delegates met to talk about things they wanted to change or do to improve FFA. On Wednesday night they elected the 2010-2011 State Officers. Among them are John Edgar, President; Jake Ekstrand, Vice President; Morgan Ott, Reporter; Cody Gill, Secretary; Jeffrey Barnes, Treasurer.
State Convention was a lot of fun, and everyone is looking forward to going again next year. It was a chance to make new friends, learn about leadership, and make a lot of incredible memories.

Protect Livestock Farming Fundraiser

Saturday, September 28, FFA Members parked cars at the Protect Livestock Farming Fundraiser. It was held on Hollenback Road, at the Rosenwinkel’s farm. People who attended enjoyed a DJ, great food, and a silent auction. It was a great turnout, and approximately 300 people attended. The event was from 1-9pm, and each person who came paid $20 for a ticket, however children under 8 were free. While people danced, ate, and talked to each other, 50/50 raffle tickets were sold.
Many people donated money, time, and items to go in the silent auction. Everyone was very pleased with the turnout, and the night was a great success.

Vintage Baseball

This year, Newark celebrated it’s 175th birthday, and to honor that we had a week long Fourth of July celebration. Each night a different part of the community would do something, and Wednesday, June 29, was FFA Night. To start the night we had a steak dinner at Townhouse Park, followed by a vintage baseball game. FFA Alumni members, as well as FFA member’s parents participated in the baseball game. The opposing team was the Somonauk Blue Stockings.
As many people watched, they realized how different the rules are now. Players were not allowed to use gloves, and if they did anything offensive they were fined up to 25 cents. During the game, FFA Members sold Cracker Jacks, snow cones, and FFA apparel to spectators.
Vintage baseball is very different from the baseball we play today. The rules are different, and in many ways it’s harder. Even though the Newark team lost, they all had fun, and the fans cheered in encouragement. The night was full of laughing and cheering, and many of the townspeople came to eat or watch the game. It was a great success, and everyone is looking forward to another baseball game in the future.