10 students and their advisor attended the 91th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Indiana October 21 – October 28, 2018. There was record breaking attendance at this year’s convention with over 67,000 members, advisors, and guests. FFA is the largest student group in the nation.
On the way to the National Convention, members got to tour educational agricultural sites. The first stop was the cranberry bogs in Pittsville, Wisconsin, where the local high school offers a “cranberry science” course. Those students serve as the tour guides around the cranberry harvesting and storing facilities. Later that day, we stopped at Hinchley’s Dairy Farm in Cambridge, Wisconsin, where the hostess, Tina Hinchley, not only runs a full-time dairy and farming operation, but offers educational tours to students from all over the United States. Finally, students visited the John Hancock building 360 Observatory and Tilt ride and Millennium Park in Chicago where students got to see the Chicago Bean (Cloud gate sculpture). After that, it was onto the convention in Indianapolis Indiana.
While at the convention students attended convention sessions and Expo. The keynote speaker was Kyle Scheele at the opening session. They also attended a Ned Ledoux and Garth Brooks concert Wednesday night. Thursday the students had a chance to walk around the Expo where nearly 400 hundred businesses and colleges had informational booths set up. There were also simulators for students to try their hands at operating a combine or a tractor. Lincoln Electric also had welding simulators. Thursday night students went to the Indy Scream Park. The Scream Park is the number one rated scream park in the nation. Friday, students and the advisors went to Churchill Down in Louisville, Kentucky with a back barn pass where members got to meet jockey’s and see the horses in the barns. Next we went to the Churchill downs Museum and tour of the facility. Our last stop was at the Louisville Slugger factory and museum.
Each year the National Convention has a theme, this years was “Just One.” FFA is trying to get students to realize it takes “Just One” action to make a difference.