RAPID CITY, S.D. — COVID restrictions have forced changes to South Dakota’s Future Farmers of America Foundation. Last year was a virtual convention, but this year, it means a break from tradition, and a change in location to Rapid City.
The FFA convention is being move from the Brookings campus of South Dakota State University, and will be held at both the Central States Fairgrounds and Western Dakota Tech. It’s the first time the event will not be held at SDSU, but the move to Rapid City is considered a better option than holding another virtual convention.
“Our FFA motto is ‘learning to do, doing to learn,’ so doing to learn….it’s a hands on learning experience,” said Gerri Eide, SD FFA Foundation Executive Director. “And to take that away and try to put it into a virtual format is just not as effective, it’s not as motivating for our youth, it’s just not as good.”
Although the event will be held in-person, there will still be changes. Student workshops, talent, and choir performances have been canceled, but organizers stress that students will have the opportunity to compete and network in person.