The District FFA tractor driving, tractor troubleshooting and small engines events were held at Lord Botetourt High School on March 26. The district includes Alleghany High School, Craig County High School, Lord Botetourt and James River High Schools.

Lord Botetourt FFA members (from left) JP Whorley, Brian Watts and Tucker Grimshaw win district competitions, advance to regional.

Brian Watts placed first in the Tractor Driving Competition. The competition included a written test, practical examination of a tractor for safety violations and the operation of a tractor maneuvering a four-wheel wagon through an obstacle course.

Watts also placed first in the Small Engine Repair Competition. In this competition students must complete a written exam, identify tools, look up parts, and diagnose and repair an engine.

Tucker Grimshaw and JP Whorley placed first in the Tractor Troubleshooting Team competition. This event consists of students taking a written test, diagnosing various problems that cause a farm tractor either not to operate or to not operate properly. Once they have made their diagnosis they then have 20 minutes to make the necessary repair to ensure the tractor is operating successfully.

All of these students will move on to their respective regional competitions at the Old Dominion Agriculture Complex in Chatham Virginia on April 3.

The FFA members thank James River Equipment for sponsoring the event.

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