I spent a long, but good 16 hours Thursday covering the opening day of the Ohio FFA Convention at the Expo Center in Columbus.

The blue and gold were everywhere, and in the evening, the attendance with members and parents was nearly 5,000! Fortunately, I had a helper this year — Katie Fisher — a student at the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster.

The two of us spent the day taking pictures and also running the Farm and Dairy booth, where we gave out 400 free copies and helped answer reader questions.

We also operated two raffle events — one for a free subscription and another for money toward iTunes.

And speaking of “tunes,” the first day of convention was filled with them — and plenty of jamming.

During the opening session, the bass was so loud it was almost impossible to speak and be heard. The place had a rock-concert feel and state officers spent the opening minutes in a “flash mob dance.”

I tried recording some video of the opening session, but the noise and excitement seemed to exceed my camera’s capabilities.

But the two of us were able to capture several hundred still images. Take a look at some of the better pictures here. We’ll be posting award pictures and names as soon as we can.

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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