Indianapolis, Ind., was the site of the 91st National FFA Convention, 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 its message. Quincy members highlighted the state’s FFA and agriculture using vertical displays that each highlighted a region of the state.
When all the judges’ 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 states of 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 passers-by and coaches of other state’s 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 were a part.
While at the convention, Quincy members also toured Marengo Caves, Churchill Downs race track and museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Eitelborg 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 thank 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.