Florida Federation is “WOWED” at State FFA Convention
Fairs are such a vital part of the leadership development of FFA and 4-H students, yet we realized that many of our Fair Managers, board, and staff had never seen the “end product” of the role they play in the development of these young people. So, with a special invitation from the Florida FFA Association, the Florida Federation of Fairs sent 31 representatives from all over the state to attend the Opening Session of this year’s 89th Florida FFA Convention.
The group met for dinner prepared by the Tampa County Pork Producers who have a strong relationship with the Florida FFA Association and several of our Florida Fairs. During dinner, Ronnie Simmons, the Executive Secretary for Florida FFA, welcomed the group and gave them some facts about the convention. The group was then escorted through the back hallways to a special seating area where they were recognized during the session.
To say our Fair representatives were “Wowed” would be an understatement. The FFA Convention was an experience that left our Fair representatives excited and enthused about the part that Fairs play in the lives of thousands of young people.
Here is what some of our Fair representatives had to say: “I was so impressed, not only with the event, but with the kids! Their values, their patriotism, their leadership skills…amazing!” Rita DeMier-Lincoln, South Florida Fair.
“This was the first convention that I have had the opportunity to attend since 1964 when I was there as an FFA delegate. It has changed a great deal over the years but a lot of memories came back to me. This was a wonderful opportunity to see how the young American FFA members and officers are taking care of our future in agriculture and other endeavors that face them. It was an awesome experience to be there!” Lee Stokes, Citrus County Fair.
“Even though I was raised in Indiana and grew up on a farm, I was never involved in FFA. However, I was very impressed with the organization and what it stands for.” Pat Cookson, Collier County Fair.
A special thank you goes to the Florida State Fair and the Florida Strawberry for sponsoring the dinner for this event.