BV FFA selling steer tickets for national convention

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Berryville High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter is selling chances to win a 500-pound steer to raise money for the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

The tickets are $1 each or $5 for six tickets and will be sold until Friday, Oct. 20.

“The tickets were donated by Farm Credit,” said senior FFA member Gage Gustavus.

Senior FFA member Cody Clark said the National FFA Convention is where FFA chapters from across the United States come together to compete, participate in workshops and interact with other FFA members.

“It’s always a lot of fun to get to go,” Clark said. “There will be separate workshops to get to go in like leadership workshops. You get to go in, learn new things and meet new people.”

Freshman FFA member Emily Broseus said the National FFA Competition begins on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 28.

“We’ve been planning on attending since last year,” she said.

Freshman FFA member Gracie Beck said this will be the first time most of the club members have attended the convention.

“This summer, Emily and I went to the state convention, and we did different events like leadership and team building and stuff like that,” Beck said. “The national convention will take that to the next level.”

Clark, who has attended the convention before, said a big part of it is meeting new people and working on communication skills.

“Even if you’re a shy person, by the time you leave you’re not gonna be as shy,” he said. “If you don’t talk, you’re not going to get anywhere over there. It kind of prepares you for how the real world is because you have to be able to talk to people.”

Senior FFA member Parker Cross said the national convention also has multiple judging competitions, such as livestock and horticulture judging.

She said Berryville FFA has had several fundraisers over the summer, including hauling hay and a drive-in movie at the Carroll County Fairgrounds, to help raise money to cover the cost of registration fees and hotel rooms.

“We’ve actually done nine different fundraisers this summer,” Gustavus said.

“At the drive-in movie at the fairgrounds, we made a lot of money from the concession stand and entry fees,” Beck said.

Clark said Berryville FFA has 19 students planning to attend the national convention, which will cost around $15,000. Broseus said the chapter has raised quite a bit of money so far but has also given back to other causes.

“With some of that money, we donated to FFA chapters hit by the hurricanes,” Clark said.

“We donated $1,000 to FFA chapters and Hurricane Harvey victims to do our part to help,” Gustavus said.

Anyone interested in buying steer tickets, he said, can contact any of Berryville’s FFA members before Friday, Oct. 20.

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