Bear River Agriculture Mechanics team wins state title |

Bear River Agriculture Mechanics team wins state title

Bear River High School’s chapter of the National FFA Organization earned a state championship in Agriculture Mechanics.
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For the second time in school history, Bear River High School’s chapter of the National FFA Organization earned a state championship in Agriculture Mechanics and will represent the state of California at the National FFA Finals in October in Indianapolis.

While this is the 29th state FFA title for Bear River FFA, this is only the second time the Agriculture Mechanics team has captured a state title.

The contest is divided into seven sub contests; Woodworking, Electrical Wiring, Arc Welding, Gas Welding/Cutting, Surveying, Written Test/Tool ID, and Problem Solving. Bear River placed in six out of the seven sub contests.

The Agriculture Mechanics competition is one of the most complex and competitive contests in the FFA career development event program. It is difficult for teams to place in the top 24 in the state, let alone make it into the top five.

Most students who reach this level have been studying and competing for three or four years.

Out of over 50 teams competing state-wide, only the top 24 teams and 91 students qualify to compete at the state finals contest.

Bear River FFA won the contest only edging second place by six points; Alex Nelson first overall, Caleb Marsh fifth overall, Jared Kilgore 14th overall and Justin Kilgore 23rd.

Alex Nelson gave much of the credit to his support structure in helping him secure the win.

“I am beyond excited, the hard work paid off, he said.

“I am so lucky to have had such incredible support from my family, chapter members and coaching from my advisor.”

“It was a tremendous day for Bear River FFA where the heart, passion, efforts and skills of our students all came together when it all mattered,” said Tim Reid, FFA adviser and Ag Mechanics coach.

Reid said the Bear River High Agriculture program has tremendous support from the community and the local agricultural industry. That sets in motion a drive to raise the $10,000 necessary to send the four students to Indianapolis, where the competition may be even stiffer than it was this past Saturday at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Bear River FFA Ag Mechanics Team will be competing in the national contest, Oct. 19-22, in Indianapolis.

If you are interested in helping the team with the cost of the trip, call Tim Reid at 530-520-1820, or email him at

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