Sixth Annual Ag Bowl


Ross Pyka

Kayla Daniels Performing at the Ag Bowl

Tyler Nielsen, Staff Writer

A blanket of flannel covered the crowd at the sixth annual Ag Bowl football game last night. A last-minute loss concluded what was an otherwise exceptional day for the Mustangs. “Next to homecoming, this is the best game of the year,” said Sophomore Maxx Louwagie. Indeed, the stadium was nearly packed.
The sixth annual Ag Bowl, presented by Ralco Nutrition, Inc., was held Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Regional Event Center and REC parking lot on the Campus of Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). The event was open to the public and featured a wide variety of opportunities for fun and learning.
Throughout the day, the world of agriculture was celebrated. Pedal pulls, tractor displays, hayrides, mechanical bull rides, Ag Olympics, inflatable games, kiddie trains, and clowns entertained both kids and adults. Partakers could be seen munching on the new featured product, pork chop-on-a-stick, served by Hy-Vee and Hormel Foods.
The sultry voice of local cowgirl musician Kayla Daniels could be heard throughout the afternoon, dazzling listeners.
Over $13,000 worth of prizes were awarded for the Scholarship Challenge. A new event, the challenge was an opportunity for young people to learn about agriculture. Teams from local FFA chapters competed in three categories: agricultural issues, marketing and communications. Winners were announced at halftime.
Raffle tickets were available for only $10. Prizes included a four-wheeler, a $1,000 cash prize, two $500 gift cards from Hy-Vee, as well as two $100 gift packages from Turkey Valley Farms. Winners were announced at halftime.