In late October, the South Central FFA chapter recently attended the
National Convention held in Louisville, Kentucky. Other schools
traveling with them were the Monroeville, Upper Sandusky and Western
Reserve FFA chapters.
The group left the school on Tuesday and reached Jungle
Jims, which is a big store with food from around the world. The students
took a tour of the store, even sampling new foods. After eating lunch,
they moved on to Louisville where they toured the Louisville Slugger
Factory and watched Dracula.
On Wednesday, the students learned how hand blown glass was
made at Zimmerman Hand Blown Glass and then toured the Indiana Caverns.
After lunch, the FFA members attended the Opening Session of the
National FFA Convention. The members then changed out of their Official
Dress and into something more comfortable for the Dierks Bentley and
Jana Kramer concert.
The FFA members were able to walk around the FFA Mall and
Convention Career Show on Thursday morning. After lunch, they traveled
to a tobacco farm in Shelbyville where they learned how tobacco is grown
and harvested. Then they toured the Churchill Downs Museum. They then
ate supper and went to the Buckeye Bash, which is a huge dance held only
for FFA chapters from Ohio.
On Thursday, the members got up early to make it to the
Fourth Convention Session to listen to keynote speaker Joe Torrillo.
After the session, the members walked around the FFA Mall and Career
Show once more before lunch. Then the members visited Schimpff’s Candy
and then visited the Rodeo at the Expo Center.
Early Saturday morning, the members packed up and left the
hotel for the last time. The watched the last session and watched
Michael Kieffer walk across the stage to receive his American FFA
Degree. The tired students then made the long trek home.