Friday, August 7, 2015

State Fair Set Up

How do you feel when you have accomplished a huge task? Relieved, satisfied, calmed, or pleased? After tackling State Fair Set Up, all those emotions could be used to very accurately describe the state officers. The feeling of finishing the FFA Pavilion is indescribable. The pavilion starts out completely empty. It is used as a storage space for the State Fairgrounds during the year. Every landscaping block, flower, and freshly painted wall is crafted in a matter of 10 days.

This herculean effort could not be accomplished without the help of FFA members from across the state. The team is so appreciative of every chapter and district that came out to help. We couldn’t have done it without you! Especially because this year many changes were made. Every State Officer Team has the power to better the pavilion in new, creative ways. 

Specifically this year, Josh renovated the entire child’s kitchen. It is now the Blue and Gold Market. The Blue and Gold Market offers a wide variety of FFA apparel and other items. My personal favorite is definitely the jewelry. The bling necklaces are amazing! Come check it out and go shopping FFA style!

In addition to the Blue and Gold Market, Mason and Courtney also redesigned the Putt Putt Course. With the help of numerous, dedicated FFA members, we were able to move the greenhouse and put an entire Putt Putt hole inside it! Also with the support of Tractor Supply Company, we added new decorations to the course. The best way I can sum it up is the FFA Pavilion is looking better than ever. 

Today is the first day of the State Fair. It feels so surreal looking around at all the improvements being enjoyed by all the fairgoers. All the work we put into setting up is paying off tenfold. It’s incredible how quickly time is flying by us. We are all so excited to enjoy every moment of the Great Indiana State Fair. We hope you come out and visit us and the pavilion!

From the State Fair with Love, 
Annalee Witte 
2015-2016 Indiana FFA State Secretary 

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