Student welders can register to compete at Empire Farm Days


SENECA FALLS, N.Y. — Students interested in competing in the New York State FFA welding contest at Empire Farm Days are encouraged to preregister by Aug. 1

Students may also register on site at 9 a.m. on contest day Thursday, Aug. 9; the competition begins at 10 a.m. at the contest area next to the field demonstrations.

All students are welcome to compete as teams of two or individually for certificates, however, only active FFA students will be scored and compete for $2,250 in scholarship funds ($1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, $500 for third place) from Morrisville State College.

Awards are also presented for high team performance. Each student must perform three welds with two different types of tools provided by Haun Welding.

Events for youth also include the FFA/4-H tractor safety contest Aug. 9.

The 300-acre Empire Farm Days includes DairyProfit and Equine Centers seminars, live animals, farm safety and family life displays and activities, 600-plus representatives of agricultural institutions and organizations, as well as test drives.

Enter the contest by contacting contest coordinators Jim Taylor at, 315-527-8262, and Johanna Fox-Bossard, at, 315-440-1044. A list of equipment to bring to the contest will be provided.

For more details, contact Empire Farm Days Manager Melanie Wickham at 877-697-7837, or email

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