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North Stanly FFA studen qualifies for state contest

On Oct. 1, North Stanly High School FFA members competed at the federation level truck and tractor driving competition.

Blake Fraley competes Oct. 1 in tractor driving during a contest among Stanly,Cabarrus and Mecklenburg students.Fraley qualified for the state FFA competition in February 2019. (Contributed)

The federation is comprised of Stanly, Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties. FFA members from these counties met at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center to showcase their truck and tractor driving skills.

In tractor driving, students hook up a trailer, drive through a figure eight course and back the trailer down a 50-foot shoot.

In truck driving, students drive forward through the course and then have to back through the course.

As students drive through the course they try to avoid hitting the cones and lines on the course while having the lowest time.

North Stanly had four FFA members compete in truck driving: Ronnie Turner, Blake Fraley, Alec Lowder and Austin Honeycutt.

Lowder placed third overall and Fraley placed first.

In tractor driving, North Stanly had five FFA members compete: Blake Fraley, Del Eudy, Alec Lowder, Austin Honeycutt and Cody Johnson.

Eudy placed second in the contest and Fraley was first.

Only first place qualifies to compete at the state competition.

Fraley will compete in both truck and tractor driving at the state FFA contest held during the Southern Farm Show in February.