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Mason FFA Students Win Blue Ribbons At San Angelo Ag. Mechanics Contest
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 • Posted March 23, 2011

On February 22nd thru 24th, seven students traveled to San Angelo Stockshow to compete at the Ag. Mechanics contest. The contest consisted of over 300 hundred projects from students all over Texas. Austin Trip, Winston Trip, Austin Eckert, Briggs Jones, Tanner Dutton, and Dugan Stem showed a BBQ pit trailer which had 29 entries in its division. The team had to exhibit the trailer and go through an interview process, in which they successfully received a blue ribbon for their workmanship and skills. Garrett Allen exhibited a jeep bumper which is an air reservoir, has lights, and receiver hitch. Garrett had twenty entries in his division, in which he also received a blue ribbon.

These students especially want to thank their sponsors, Randy Kruse with Mason Gas Company for the BBQ pit and Chris Habecker for the bumper materials, for donating the materials and time to make this happen.

The BBQ pit trailer will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Mason Ag Department at a later date. The proceeds will be used for shop supplies to help aid in their learning experience. There will be more details coming at a later date and will be publicized in the Mason paper.

On Wednesday February 23rd Garrett Allen of the Mason FFA chapter competed in the Tulsa Welding School "Fastest Torch in the West" cutting competition in San Angelo. In the field of welding time is money. The faster you can cut, and cut well, the more money you earn. The competition was set up in brackets.

The Fastest Torch in the West is a cutting torch contest designed to showcase students with cutting torch skills. This most essential metal fabrication skill is measured in head to head competition between students with speed and accuracy advancing students to the final rounds in a tournament format. The competitors cut 4" flat metal in the first 2 rounds followed by two rounds of 2" square tubing, then 3" angle iron in the semi’s. The final round was thick metal, a 4" cut on metal that is .5" thick.

Being the son of local welder Skeet Allen, this wasn’t Garrett’s first rodeo with a torch. Starting with 128 competitors, Garrett cut his way through the competition making it to the top eight.

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