A gigantic group of area teenagers participated in this year's Super Teen contest last night (Thursday) at the Outdoor Arena. Contest Superintendent Gaylen Potter said the contest garnered more than 130 participants.
A gigantic group of area teenagers participated in this year's Super Teen contest last night (Thursday) at the Outdoor Arena. Contest Superintendent Gaylen Potter said the contest garnered more than 130 participants. Competitors must be a Livingston County 4-H or FFA member between the ages of 13-18.
The evening began with the bale throwing contests. Men threw 18 pound bales over an elevated bar for height. Women threw 16 pound bales for distance. Potter said the contest uses custom cotton bales to withstand the large number of throws the participants put them through.
"They're steel wrapped so they can throw them multiple times and they're not destroyed," Potter explained. "We've used straw bales in the past. You get down to the championship, the bale will come apart and you have to start all over again."
The evening's events continued with a cow milking contest on an especially awkward stool. Potter said the stool came from his family's farm.
"We have Molly Moo Cow back there," Potter said. "The kids will go back there and milk some in a bucket. They have to sit on a one-legged milk stool to do that. That is actually from my dad's farm years and years ago."
Potter said the most exciting element of the Super Teen Contest is the obstacle course.
"There will be two sets of teams running against each other for time," Potter explained. "They have to crawl through a big tube and climb over the gate. They meet up with their second partner. They have to carry a bucket of water about ten feet, and then they meet their third partner who is in the wheelbarrow. They run through the cones before doing the land skis. They have to hold the rope and everyone gets their feet on the board. They all have to walk in unison about 15 to 20 feet. Then they have to run to a tractor tire. One of their members has to be inside the tractor tire, and then they roll it across the arena. Last thing they do is roll a big bale of hay and then go over it."
At the end of the night, the champions from the two age-group divisions battle each other in one final obstacle challenge to crown the grand champion team.