Quincy FFA third at national convention
Indianapolis, Indiana, was the site of the 91st National FFA Convention, and six Quincy FFA members made the cross-country journey to represent the Washington FFA Association in the Hall of States competition.
Thirty-six states from across the country were represented in the competition. Students were to promote their home state’s agriculture industry, their State FFA Association, and how the two impact each other. The team is also required prepare a 10-foot by 10-foot booth to deliver their message. Quincy members highlighted the states FFA and agriculture using vertical displays that each highlighted a region of the state.
When all the judge’s score sheets had been tallied, the Quincy FFA stood in sole possession of the third-place spot in the nation. The Washington state booth was edged out by the FFA from Arkansas and California, which were first and second respectively.
Members received many compliments for their knowledge of the state’s and the local Quincy agriculture industry from both passersby and coaches of other states’ teams.
Over 60,000 members and guests attended the convention, and many made multiple trips through the FFA Expo, of which the Hall of States was a part.
While at the convention, Quincy members also toured Marengo Cave, Churchill Downs race track and museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Indianapolis 500 Speedway and Museum. They attended convention sessions, the FFA Expo, a private FFA-only Garth Brooks concert, and a performance of the Cinch World’s toughest rodeo.
The Quincy FFA would like to thank Mark Brown of the Quincy Flying Service for chaperoning the trip. And thanks to the sponsors that helped with covering the costs of the booth, shipping, and some of their convention costs: Quincy FFA Alumni, Quincy Rotary International, Quincy High School Gear Up, PNW Christmas Tree Association, Washington State Grape Society, Washington State Tree Fruit Association, Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Washington State Dairy Federation, Washington Apple Commission, Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association, Washington State Farm Bureau, Washington Grain Commission, and Washington Potato Commission. They would also like to thank the Quincy FBLA chapter, Flicker Orchards, and Pine Canyon Growers for assisting with the booth construction.
Submitted by Quincy FFA