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Fairfield FFA attends national convention

By Hannah Clubb, FFA reporter | Dec 05, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Fairfield FFA Chapter members at the National FFA Convention are, from left, Anna Beasley, Brody Angstead, Austin Adkison, Blake Metz, Cohyn Roach-Summers, Brad Smithburg, Phoebe Fiedler, Blu Schultz, Sophia Mineart, Hollie Nelson, Hannah Clubb, Ben Johnston, and Jenna Wickenkamp.

The Fairfield FFA had a ton of fun the week of National FFA Convention Oct. 24-27.

At the convention, members got to listen to the many different sessions put on by the National FFAofficers, go to the career show and try new things, and even take a few tours. The convention was in Indianapolis, Indiana, this year. So all the members who attended got to experience the “big city” lifestyle.

The group traveled to Champaign, Illinois, where they spent their first night. They then left the hotel the next morning at 7 to finish their ride to Indiana where they would go on their first tour. The group’s first tour was in Danville, Indiana, at a place called Beasley’s Orchard. Beasley’s Orchard tour consisted of a hayride through an apple orchard and a pumpkin patch. Each member had the opportunity to pick their own little pumpkin and everyone got to pick and eat an apple of their choice.

After the tour at Beasley’s Orchard, the group went to Martinsville, Indiana, where they toured Hunter’s Honey farm. FFA members learned about how honey is produced, harvested, and made into many different products. At the end of the tour, each member got to bottle their own honey and take it home.

That night, the Fairfield FFA members attended the Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo and watched bull riding, bareback, and saddle broncs. They enjoyed watching the clown and his hilarious acts. Manu Lataste, a professional bull leaper, showed his jumping skills, as he ran at the bull head on and flipped over the bull.

On Thursday and Friday, members attended the Opening Session, where Laila Ali spoke to them about her father’s and her own boxing career. The days were filled with attending the career show, where members walked around a gigantic room full of booths from many different companies. Members walked through the Hall of States where they learned facts about each state and tried foods produced there, such as cheese from Wisconsin. They also attended the National FFA talent show and evening session with retiring addresses from National FFA Officers.

Fairfield FFA members who attend National FFA Convention this year learned how to work together to make an impact. This year’s theme was “I Can. We Will.” Members learned to say “I Can” and know that there is a huge family of people behind them saying “We Will.”

Convention is a big experience for any FFA members. Convention puts things into a different perspective; it makes a member feel like they are a part of something bigger.

Shawn Nelson, an FFA parent, was a chaperone.

 

Hannah Clubb is the Fairfield FFA Chapter reporter.

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