Idalou FFA students give cotton gin demonstration on July 4th

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Updated: 7/05/2013 6:41 am
It's just not the Fourth of July without the parade with the firetrucks and of course in West Texas no Fourth of July parade is complete without tractors rolling through.  

After the parade people made their way to the Fourth on Broadway festivities, which included demonstrations and even one from some Idalou FFA students.  

"This is just a miniature version of the larger thing," Idalou FFA student John Smithwick said when explaining the cotton gin demonstration. "And I just put the cotton in there and it spins around and it comes out ginned cotton." 

Among the many people walking up and learning about the cotton gin and the cotton industry, Michele Bruce and her son Benjamin Bruce were among the crowd who took it all in.  

"We're celebrating the Fourth of July, Independence day," Michele Bruce said. "I have a brother who is a full-bird colonel in the military and I served for a little bit at the Air Force Academy so it's good to get out here in Lubbock. And we're just learning about cotton today and a little bit more about the process and we love Lubbock."

"Just learned that first they're all dirty," Benjamin Bruce said, "and then once they go through that thing it's all clean." 

Along with the cotton there were displays about grain sorghum and wheat as well.  

Smithwick, who was explaining everything to people when they walked up, said he enjoys educating people about agriculture because it is a passion of his and doing it on the Fourth of July is even better. 

"It means even more that it's on America's birthday because we just have a bunch of people coming out wanting to celebrate and then they get to learn about the foundation of America," Smithwick said. "America was founded around agriculture, that's just how it is, I mean I'm just happy that I can come out here and teach people about it." 

And the teaching will continue just as the tractors will keep rolling just like they have across the American plains.  

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