Since legendary local Ag teacher Jack Watkins started both the FFA and rodeo 19 years ago at Spring Hill, their FFA students will once again take the stage at the Hope Fair Park Coliseum for the now 19th annual Spring Hill Future Farmers of America Rodeo.

Since legendary local Ag teacher Jack Watkins started both the FFA and rodeo 19 years ago at Spring Hill, their FFA students will once again take the stage at the Hope Fair Park Coliseum for the now 19th annual Spring Hill Future Farmers of America Rodeo.
As customary, the two-day event will commence this Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. both nights.
Present day FFA advisor and Spring Hill Ag teacher Shane Polymer said Tuesday afternoon, “As always, we are hoping for good weather; seems every year we’ve had rain on one of the days.  A sunny day like today (Tuesday) would be perfect, and we are watching out for Saturday.”
Polymer said two new events were added for 2018 include  "Stick horse barrels” and "Stick horse goat ribbon tying" along with traditional events like Barrel racing, Break away roping, Steer riding, Bull riding, Barrel pick-up, Calf haltering, Ribbon roping, Pole bending, Tie down roping, Sheep dressing and the Spring Hill scramble.  
Polymer recalled that Watkins, who was a well-known and respected Ag teacher in the Hope School District, had started the Spring Hill FFA program including the Ag program and rodeo.
“The times have changed and the kids have changed, but we are still a rural community with a rural culture, so there is always lots of participation. I know this program means a lot to the students. It is not only the high school students; we have involvement from kids from kindergarten on up,” Polymer said.
Polymer said the annual rodeo remains the major fundraiser for the Spring Hill FFA, and it also includes a silent auction both nights.
Polymer said many auction items are wood works and creations from the Spring Hill Ag program, which includes the school’s Shop program.
“There will be bookshelves, chairs, tables; all made by the Shop students,” he said.
Polymer said proceeds from the two-day event underwrite many of the Spring Hill FFA activities over the year.
“It is for the students. It helps send students to leadership camps during the year, career development events, pays entry fees, and helps students with state convention expenses,” he said.
In also keeping with tradition, admission for the Spring Hill FFA Rodeo remains at $5, and there will also be the “Open Ranch Rodeo” on Thursday, March 8.