by Kelli Fulkerson, 84th National FFA Convention Newsroom Intern
There was plenty of excitement Wednesday afternoon as the 84th National FFA Convention hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the 2011 Agricultural Career Show.
The 2010-2011 Central Region Vice President Mr. James Flatt cut the shinning red ribbon after a brief address to hundreds of FFA members. Once the ribbon dropped, FFA members were off to the races to visit 317 different booths in the 197,000-square foot show. Vendors and exhibitors offered an opportunity to explore agribusinesses, potential colleges, scholarship possibilities, and more!
Two new touches were added to the Career Show in 2011. The show, in a revised and larger layout thanks to a massive expansion of the Indiana Convention Center, featured a new pattern of organization by career cluster areas. Additionally, a new “AutoWorld” section was added with exhibitors from various automotive and racing industries.
The 2011 National FFA Band also helped to entertain the crowd with an energizing variety of music ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s, “Sweet Home Alabama” to Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” just moments before members rushed into the Indiana Convention Center.