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Tradition and fireworks kick off FFA state convention in Albion

Posted 4 May 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

Some of the state officers for FFA are silhouettes while watching a fireworks show at the Albion varsity football field tonight as part of the kickoff celebration for the 88th annual convention.

Jack Hill of Medina tries on a new FFA jacket tonight during opening ceremonies for the state FFA convention in Albion. Ashley Willits, the District 6 president, handed Jack his FFA coat. The state officers awarded 15 jackets to new members who have exhibited outstanding leadership. “With this jacket comes great responsibility to carry on the traditions of this organization,” FFA members were told. In the past 80 years, 6 million FFA members have worn the blue corduroy jackets.

After a two-hour kick-off ceremony inside the middle school auditorium in Albion, 1,100 FFA students filled the bleachers at the varsity football field to watch fireworks. The convention continues until Saturday.