The Eastern States Exposition: A Big succEss

Lambs chilling at the Big E; photo courtesy of Kathryn Wilkinson

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘21
EE Science and Technology Editor

On Tuesday September 25th, the students studying at Agriscience took their annual trip to the Eastern States Exposition. The Big E, showcasing livestock, horses, poultry, and plenty more, was a great opportunity for agriscience students to enhance their knowledge of their specific subject area.

Over the course of the next year, juniors and seniors enrolled in the UCONN ECE Equine and Animal Science course offered at Agriscience will increase their comprehension of feeding and caring for the animals, understanding their anatomy, physiology, and genetics as well as judging and evaluating them. While at the Big E, these students had the opportunity to talk with individuals that raise and show their animals and learn more about their area of study.

All agriscience students however, can benefit from this trip. From seeing the agricultural vendors selling product, students can gain ideas for their own SAE, or Supervised Agricultural Experience, which is an extensive project that must be maintained by each agriscience student year round.

Agriscience students also had the opportunity to compete at regional competitions at the Big E. The FFA offers CDE competitions, which stands for Career Development Events. These competitions allow students to compete in specialized areas in hope of competing at the National FFA Convention held annually in October.

This year on September 14th and 15th, Trumbull Agriscience had two representatives competing in CDE’s at the Big E. Margaret Brady, a junior majoring in Equine, competed in Dairy Cattle Handling. Overall, she placed ninth in the Eastern Region out of thirty competitors, and first in the state of Connecticut. Klaudia Poplawski, a senior majoring in biotechnology, competed in Prepared Public Speaking and placed second out of seven in the Eastern Region. Trumbull Agriscience is happy to announce that both students will be moving on to compete at National Convention and represent Connecticut this autumn.

While the Big E is a fun trip for all Agriscience students, it truly is much more. It is a learning opportunity. It allows students to apply what they have learned in class, from caring for the animal, preparing the animal to be shown, and then finally showing. Students truly see how wide the scope of agriculture is. From giant vegetables to horse shows and 4-H demonstrations, the Big E really has it all.

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