Fresno-Central FFA Exhibitor Feature – Tristen Nelms

The first-ever Big Fresno Fair Virtual Jr. Livestock Auction kicks-off on Friday, October 9 at 11 a.m. and goes until Monday, October 12 at 11:59 p.m.! The Virtual Livestock sale will feature nearly 500 animals from dedicated and hard-working 4-H and FFA members throughout Fresno County.


Leading up to the sale, we’ll be featuring 4-H & FFA exhibitors from participating chapters to highlight their animal project and all their hard work, while also giving buyers and our community a glimpse of animals they can bid on!


Meet Tristen Nelms, a Fresno-Central FFA student who is a senior at Central West High School. Here’s what Tristan’s FFA advisor has to say about him:


“Tristen Nelms is a senior at Central High School-West campus. This will be his second year showing goats at the Fresno Fair. Tristan likes to say that “FFA saved my path in high school”. A troubled freshman, Tristen had to learn the hard way that failing grades and trips to the vice principal’s office were not the way to succeed. At the recommendation of a friend, Tristen signed up to show a market goat with the FFA. It was in the goat barn, Tristen found his gift for working with animals. He quickly joined the breeding team and was put in charge of caring for the herd of Boer breeding Boer does at the school farm. He single handling tamed (and named!) every single goat in the breeding herd and was a vital part of caring for them during their labor. He ensured all kids had a strong start in life. He even helped assist with the birth of his 2020 Fresno Fair Boer market wether, Dojo. He can often be found working in the goat barn or spending time with the breeding does in the pasture.


Tristen also helps tend to the eleven acre orchard located on the school farm at Central High School. He assists with watering, maintenance, and harvesting of the crops. He has learned extensively about vineyard operations, watermelons, pumpkins, and almonds. He has even decided to pursue a career in agriculture after graduation.


Tristen is a true success story of Fresno-Central FFA.We are proud of you!”


Help out these hard-working students in the community! Participate in the sale as a buyer or place an add-on bid! Every bit helps out these kids who’ve been working all year to get to where they are now. For more information about the Virtual Livestock Auction and how you can participate, click here.

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