With National FFA Convention approaching quickly (State Officers have already left) there are a few things that we should remember during our time in Louisville! First off, each and every FFA member that attends National Convention will be held to a high standard. Yes I’m aware that every advisor has told their members this before, but it really is true. The city of Louisville graciously welcomes us because of how respectful all the members are and because they see how much value the National FFA Organization has to offer.
With that being said, don’t forget to have an amazing time! Between attending sessions, competing, concerts, or even exploring the city, there is plenty of fun to be had! More often than not we will be traveling with some of our best friends which makes everything that much more enjoyable. Many people remember experiences like this for the rest of their lives!
|Vet Science Team touring Churchill Downs.|
Last year was my first time attending National Convention, but I will never forget my time spent in Louisville. Washington County sent two teams to compete and I loved spending 14 hours in a van with my best friends (advisor included). Between studying and sleeping in the back seat, random games of freeze out started by the guys, or listening to Mr. Kern sing, the drive only seemed to drag on slightly! After arriving and getting settled in to the hotel, our teams drove right in to some final prepping for our contests. In my opinion it’s the little things like this that put individuals and teams at an advantage for their competitions. Also, usually the late night practices in the hotel rooms turn into hours of uncontrollable laughter! I was also able to run into many Kansas FFA members, tour the city, and attend the final session where the National Officers got elected! I understand that not everybody sees National Convention as such an enjoyable time, but there really is something for everyone to do!
Lastly, ensure to double check your suitcase before leaving home; forgetting to pack something is simply the worst. My family always told me that when I traveled all I really needed was a tooth brush and some cash to buy anything that I had forgotten. I’m going to modify that and say all we really need is our corduroy jackets, a tooth brush, and cash for anything that we forgot! I am super excited to see so many smiling faces at National Convention, and wish everyone good luck and safe travels!
See you in Louisville,