Blue grass state becomes blue jacket state for National FFA Convention

This fall thousands of FFA members from across the country will descend upon the blue grass state. Louisville, Ky., will once again be home to the corduroy jacket at the 2013 National FFA Convention. FFA membership exceeds 550,000 and at the annual convention Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, 60,000 members are anticipated.

Lidia Collins, sophomore agricultural education major is attending the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo to receive her American FFA degree. Collins will also represent MU as a CAFNR ambassador at the career fair.

“The career fair is a huge deal. All of the students attending the convention walk through, and it gives us the chance to speak with them,” Collins said. “I am most excited to speak with prospective students of CAFNR.”

This year, FFA returns to Louisville after an eight-year absence. National Convention originated in Kansas City, Mo., where 33 delegates attended from 18 states. Today, the convention hosts thousands of students from 50 states and U.S. provinces. National Convention is on a three-year rotation between Indianapolis, In., and Louisville until 2027.

At the 2013 convention, nine general sessions are held at the Kentucky Exposition Center where national FFA officers and keynote speakers present. FFA students and teachers will attend workshops and compete in events in Louisville, such as leadership, career development and judging classes.

According to the National FFA website entertainment includes a Dierks Bentley concert, the world’s toughest rodeo, hypnotists shows by Al Snyder and Jim Wand, and the annual dance and talent show. The Kentucky Exposition Center hosts the hall of states where visitors are introduced to state traditions from across the country. Here, show attendees are exposed to America’s agricultural diversity. The career fair provides a venue for FFA to deliver career success to collegians, high school students and alumni by featuring agricultural companies and Universities.

Beyond FFA events, attendees can visit the Louisville Slugger Museum, Louisville Zoo, Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs. However students choose to spend time while at the National FFA Convention in Louisville they can expect a memorable convention.

Kylee May

About the Author Kylee May

Kylee May is a freshman at MU, from the small town of Hondo, TX, who has a passion for everything she immerses herself in. May’s family moved to Sullivan, MO this summer to join her grandparents, native Missourians. May is a science and agricultural journalism major with an animal sciences minor focusing on equine. May’s dream job is to write for Western Horseman Magazine or American Quarter Horse Association.