2014 National FFA Convention

The Cashton FFA Chapter sent eight members to the annual National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky on October 28 to November 1st. On there way to Louisville, they stopped and toured at Kuhn Manufacturing and Fair Oaks Dairy. On Wednesday, they toured the Kentucky Thoroughbred center for training horses and also attended the opening session of convention. They listened to a very motivating key-note speaker, Nick Vujicic. The next day, they went to the Joe Huber hobby farm and ate at their buffet and toured some of their land. That night, they also attended the 3rd session and listened to the President and CEO of Tyson Foods, Donnie Smith. Later that night, the members were privileged to go to the KFC Yum center and attend the Justin Moore and Easton Corbin concert. After the fun-filled night, the members then went back to the convention center on Friday and explored the Career show and attended workshops and proceeded to their last session with key-note speaker, Jane Herlong. They then traveled back overnight on the bus and had a chance to recover from the very fun and educational trip.

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Two members represent Cashton in the National FFA Band

This year, two Cashton FFA members, Casey and Carrie, played in the National FFA Band. They performed at several of the sessions, and also gave a concert along with the National FFA Chorus. Casey also preformed a saxophone solo on stage at a few of the sessions. Both girls did a wonderful job.

Here is a link to watch Casey’s solo, and the rest of the band perform.

Day 3 of National Convention

On our third and final day of convention, we attended the fourth general session, and listened to the keynote speaker, Joe Torrillo.  We than spend most of the day enjoying the career show and expo. Later that afternoon, we enjoyed a concert of the Band and Chorus.  We also attended the seventh general session. Here we listened to the story of the keynote speaker, Josh Sundquist.

Even thought some of the days were long, the Cashton FFA had a time getting to know new people and enjoying the 86th National FFA Convention.

Day 2 of National Convention

Thursday was a day that our FFA members took in some of the sites and attractions around Louisville. We started off by taking a tour of the Kentucky Derby. We toured Churchill Downs and stopped at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Later that day, our members also toured Fort Knox and the Patton Museum.

Day 1 of National Convention

While in Louisville, KY, we paid a visit to the place that is generally connected with major league baseball, Louisville Slugger. There we saw how bats are created. On Wednesday, after the tour of Louisville Slugger we headed to the Convention center and heard the National FFA Band and Chorus perform. The Cashton FFA is proud to have two of its members, Casey and Carrie, participating in the National Band. We also attended the Opening session to the 86th National Convention, with keynote speaker Rick Pitino. That night we attended a concert, with Jana Kramer and Dierks Bentley performing.

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National FFA Convention here we come!

On Tuesday October 29th, six of our FFA members, Brooke, LeAnn, Janessa, Mark, Jesse, and Ryan, boarded the bus bound for Louisville, Ky., the host of this years 86th National FFA Convention.  The Cashton FFA Chapter traveled with members from the Brookwood, Sparta, Tomah, Iowa Grant and Prairie Farm FFA Chapters. Along the way, we got to know each other. Later in the day, we made a stop at the University of Illinois. We toured Urbana-Champaign research farms, which has beef cattle as well as sheep.