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North Dakota State University
Saddle and Sirloin
The Saddle and Sirloin Club is very active on the campus of NDSU and in the community. Below you will find information regarding all the activities.
This event is held in the fall each year. It is a time for old and new members to become acquainted by competing in various events designed creatively to challenge the members' farming, ranching, and teamwork skills! The favorite event of the evening is the final relay when all the team members put their skills together in such events as roping, bale tossing, hauling water and sliding home through some unidentifiable materials. After all the events are finished the contestants usually work up an appetite and dig into the chili from the cook-off.
The new members under the direction of the new member co-chairs put in hours of hard work during Homecoming week. They are in charge of designing and building the float for the club. Their reward is to ride the float on Friday evening in the parade before the game. This is a great way for the new members to get involved and get to know each other.
Every year the club sponsors a Halloween Dance. Students come dressed in their favorite costume and prizes are given away for the best individual and best group costumes.
National Block and Bridle
The Saddle and Sirloin Club is affiliated with the National Block and Bridle Club. Several club members attend the national convention each year. The club raises money to attend the event by selling smoked turkeys.
S/S hosts an ugly sweater Christmas Dance every year before the Christmas break. The club selects a organization in need of funding each year to donate the proceeds of the dance.
Some of the best and brightest NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club members compete in a quadrathalon testing their wits and skills. Teams consisting of four members compete in categories testing the students' knowledge of animal science. This two day event kicks off Tuesday with the lab practicum and written test. The next day the students compete in an oral presentation and quiz bowl. The winning team from each school gets the opportunity to compete in at the regional competition in Des Moines, IA.
Since 1922, the Saddle and Sirloin Club has been hosting the Little International, NDSU's largest student-run production. The Little International consists of showmanship competitions in beef, dairy, sheep, and swine as well as public speaking, ham curing, hippology and photo competitions. Over 200 S&S members and 20 committees work year long to make Little "I" better year after year. Each year, the club honors an agriculturist who has distinguished leadership skills in the agricultural industry and possesses traits members seek to exemplify. This person is honored at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet and throughout the Little "I" weekend.
Ag in the Classroom
KVLY hosts Ag in The Classroom for a week each March at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds and invites various Ag organizations throughout the state to come and participate. Ag in the Classroom gives 4th and 5th graders from around the region a chance to learn about agriculture. The Saddle and Sirloin Club brings livestock from the research units at NDSU, and members sign up for times to come and talk to the kids about each animal and its role in the livestock industry.
Over 2,500 preschoolers and kindergartners come to Shepperd Arena each spring and learn about animals. The chairs of this event try to scrounge up as many different animals as they can from horses to rats. Students take groups of kids on a tour around the arena and talk about the animals. For most of these kids this is there first experience to see and touch agriculture. Some of the questions and comments from kids include..."How do you tell the difference between a boy and girl cow? " and "How do you get the cows to lay down so you can cut them up to make hamburger?"
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