|High school parking lot.|
Basically, FFA week is a celebration of the agricultural way of life. A time to reflect on the values and ethics that the hard working farmer knows. And the school students have fun ways of doing this. They started the week out with attending a church service together. They then have different themes for each day of the week. Tuesday was "camo" day where they all wore their camoflauge clothing. They had a dress-up day where the FFA members wore their uniforms and took time to present the program to the elementary age students. I heard many of the officers from the surrounding communities interviewed on the local radio station.
I was never involved in FFA, though I was in small town schools all of my life. I never had the privilege of competing on the national level in contests covering different agriculturally related themes. I heard one young lady interviewed telling about the Dairy Foods contest. She had to know, by taste, different cheeses, milks, etc. as well as their grade and quality. I was impressed. I don't think I could do that.
One of my favorite parts of FFA week is always on Friday. They call it "Drive your Tractor to school" day. My kids wait at the front door in anticipation of all the kids driving into town with their family's machinery and parading them from the town square, down Main Street to the high school. I apologize for the blurriness of these pictures, but these kids are really trucking, full throttle down the street!