Randolph FFA Travels to the National FFA Convention
by Craig Flaming
November 15, 2011
National FFA Convention 2011
By Mackenzie Lemmons
On October 19, 2011 10 Randolph FFA members joined with Creighton, Blair, Verdigre, Laurel-Concord, Howells, and West Point students to brave the 14 hour long drive to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 84th National FFA Convention. Upon arriving we were met with rain, cold, and more rain, but that didn’t pull any of our spirits down! The Buffalo farm was our first stop and let me tell you, buffalo burgers are delicious! The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was our next stop. Every car that won from every race that had taken place plus a couple unusual late models as well as the picture of the winner and the actual trophy covered the walls of the building! Definitely something not one of us will forget! The hypnotist was our entertainment for that night. He was able to hypnotize 7 men and make them all believe they were female while also hypnotizing one unfortunate fellow sitting two seats down from us, in the crowd. The next morning opening session was underway! Over 50,000 students piled into the convention center to witness the first session. It was amazing to see all the blue! Even though it was still cold outside we braved two blocks to the FFA mall and career fair where we encountered even more blue and gold! Waiting in lines for 30 minutes, dance dance revolution, competing in the marine challenge, welding an airplane, and taking pictures with the inflatable New Holland were only some of the experiences. Every single one was worth it! On Saturday October 21, we moved on down to Iowa to get a tour of the Pioneer Seed Plant. The 22nd of October, we headed back with new friends and the FFA theme song drilled into our minds along with memories that last a lifetime. I strongly encourage and FFA member who hasn’t gotten to attend the convention to go! It was tons of fun and thousands of blue coats!