National FFA Convention and Expo to go virtual this fall
The 2020 National FFA Convention and Expo will be held virtually.
National FFA CEO Mark Poeschl says at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic the organization began working on two parallel paths- what a reduced-sized convention would look like and what a virtual convention would look like.
He said it became clear that hosting a virtual convention was the only reasonable option.
“By making the decision now it gives us a full four months to plan what we anticipate will be a truly remarkable virtual experience for many more students across the country,” he says.
Poeschl says more details on the program and registration will be released August 12.
“We’ve already been working on what a virtual FFA Blue Room would look like, we’re identifying what we could do in terms of an expo experience, we’re evaluating how we could have some sort of concert experience, as well as what I would consider the normal sessions of keynote speakers, retiring address, and award presentations,” he says.
He says the National FFA Organization looks forward to returning to Indianapolis with an in-person convention in 2021 as part of its long-term hosting partnership that will now run through 2033.
The event will be hosted by the 2019-2020 National FFA Officer Team. The team will travel to Indianapolis in July to help with planning.
The virtual convention will still take place the week of October 28.
Audio: Mark Poeschl