So today kicked off the 86th FFA Convention in Louisville Kentucky. This is my fifth convention. I went to convention first in 2008 when I was serving as a state FFA officer for Alabama. I loved it so much I have found a way to come back every year minus my sophomore year of college when I was taking a ridiculous class. This year I am working for National FFA for their collegiate programs. This convention is quite a production and takes lots of help. It is the largest annual convention of students hosting an impressive 60,000 students. The convention also has a expo/career fair, always a major entertainer (this year being Dierks Bently) and contests for state winners.
It is so encouraging to see high schoolers so passionate about their interests, although FFA was originally founded as the “Future Farmers of America” we are today 579,678 members strong, students are not necessarily going to be farmers. FFA is a premier leadership organization providing students with opportunities for leadership, communication, and professional development in all fields, not just agriculture, however many of the leaders in the agriculture industry today are products of FFA.
Probably the main reason I like coming back is seeing friends. There are only a handful of states I can go to and not know someone who resides there. It comes in very handy when traveling. Going to football games I usually know someone at that school to ask for restaurant recommendations and parking tips. It is honestly like a family reunion, most friends I only get to see this one time a year, but we pick up where we left off.
It is going to be a fun, but exhausting week, but I can assure you it is worth every minute of tiredness and every moment of sore feet.