As we head into FFA Week, I thought that it would be neat to share some of my favorite experiences. I can’t wait to spend FFA Week with Districts 10 & 11! In order to celebrate, here is a look back at my experience:
Randolph County Farmer Olympics
This is my top memory from FFA Week. During my senior year our Chapter decided to put on a county-wide ag olympics for our FFA chapters to participate in. It was hosted at Monroe Central and included milk chugging, corn eating, a bale toss, relay race, and more. I was competing in the milk chugging contest. I chugged ½ a gallon of ice-cold milk in less than 2 minutes! Luckily there was a trash can nearby. As the night went on, Monroe Central pulled ahead and the blue and gold concrete chicken stayed home! This chicken will serve as the traveling trophy for the winner each year. I had the most fun during this event!
Indiana FFA Advocacy Day
I had the opportunity to travel to the State Capitol for Advocacy Day last year. I met lots of new friends and reconnected with some friends that I had made at SOAR and FIRE! I found it super interesting meeting with the legislators. It was also super interesting going on a tour since I hadn’t been in the State Capitol before. Looking back, some of my State Officer teammates were also there and look where we are now! Although it isn’t during FFA Week this year, I would highly encourage you to go!
Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
Let’s face it, school staff do a lot for FFA. Whether it is cleaning up our messes after an event, the teachers that pass along their knowledge, or administration that allows us to miss school for FFA events. We always did a Staff Appreciation Breakfast every year to give back to them. They enjoyed hearing more about what we do in FFA, and we even let them play trivia about our chapter! As an aspiring teacher, I know this is something that I would love to be a part of.
Our chapter officer team did an FFA Week trivia and relay race at our elementary school. If you didn’t know, I have a big heart for elementary kiddos and almost went into elementary education! We had the opportunity to talk to the sixth graders about joining FFA next year, which was so fun!
Randolph County Farmer’s Achievement Banquet
Each year we celebrate our county’s accomplishments in FFA, 4-H, and Agriculture in general. Sometimes, this falls during FFA Week. We get into official dress and have a banquet to honor CDE winners, award scholarships, and hear from a speaker. This is a fun night every year and gives our county competition to be the top county team in each CDE!
As we head into FFA Week I have some advice for you. Make sure to take advantage of every opportunity! There may be activities that you think are silly or don’t mean a lot, but they may inspire a whole new outlook on life for you. My challenge for everyone reading this is to find some way to give back during FFA Week. Whether that be thanking your ag teacher, posting your FFA experience on social media, making a donation to FFA, or teaching someone something about our organization. I hope that you have an amazing FFA Week!
Indiana FFA State Reporter