In less than two months, more than 60,000 FFA members, advisors, alumni and supporters will race to Louisville, Ky., to attend one of the largest student gatherings in the country – the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo. Packed with speakers, awards, workshops, entertainment and more, the event kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 29 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 1.
The theme of this year’s convention and expo is “Go All Out,” which signifies the amount of effort and determination FFA members put into all they do while trying to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. Check out the ways you can go all out at this year’s convention and expo.
Be All There
It’s hard to leave the convention and expo without being inspired from all the wonderful things happening in the week. Motivate yourself by hearing remarks from national officers, keynote speakers and others. This year, opening sessions will feature Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker born without arms or legs. Other speakers include Tyson Foods, Inc., President and CEO Donnie Smith, Elanco President Jeff Simmons and Southern humorist and agriculture speaker Jane Jenkins Herlong. Attendees can listen to the speakers share their insights of leadership, personal growth and dedication to service. Not attending this year? Catch the action live on RFD-TV or streamed live online. Visit FFA.org for more details.
Go All New
With an expanded food court and an updated convention and expo smartphone app, attendees can have more food options while in the expo and more information at their fingertips.
Learning opportunities abound! Sign up for the Career Success Tours to the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Papa John’s International and other destinations, or check out a student workshop. Attend sessions, then go to the expo to talk with more than 400 industry exhibitors to learn even more about agriculture, leadership, careers and more.
Rock All Out
Don’t miss out on one of the two concerts available this year at the KFC Yum! Center. Taking the stage Wednesday will be Justin Moore with Easton Corbin, and on Thursday, Scotty McCreery will perform along with Danielle Bradbery and The Springs. Be ready to sing your heart out with talented members performing in the National FFA Band and National FFA Chorus, sponsored by Dow Agrosciences. Watch some of the finest in the organization perform their talent as they compete to be named the 2014 National FFA Talent Competition winner, in an event sponsored by Wrangler.
Go Experience More
Returning to Louisville for a second year, attendees can experience more attractions in the city such as the Louisville Science Center and Kentucky Derby Museum. After your exciting tours, eat at a variety of restaurants located downtown or on Bardstown Road.
Go All FFA
Visit the FFA Shopping Mall in the north wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center and gather your FFA gear. Purchase T-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, hats and other items stamped with the letters FFA and collect souvenirs specially made for the 87th National Convention & Expo. In the mall, you can even order your very own blue corduroy jacket and pick it up the next day.
Go All In
Perform acts of volunteerism through the National Days of Service, sponsored by CSX Transportation. These activities show FFA members they can take action with their talent and energy in their own communities, while they help out the Louisville area. There will be chances to work with Kids Against Hunger – Louisville, the Louisville Nature Center and more organizations.
Go All Out
The national convention and expo holds a different meaning to all who attend, but the experience stirs up something in all of us. Whether this is your first convention and expo or your 50th, we hope you will go all out and put everything you have into everything you do during the week and beyond.
– Logan Britton