Illinois FFA state celebrations will look different from previous years with in-person regional events, a shortened state convention and livestreamed coverage of everything.
“Sound the trumpets. We are thrilled to announce that we are going to be in-person for three regional events and for a condensed state convention, as well as live stream all of these events,” Mindy Bunselmeyer, Illinois FFA executive director, said in a statement.
Rather than a multi-day event on consecutive days in June, state FFA convention sessions will occur on different days in regional locations with outdoor venues. Some standards, such as the business session and some state contests, will be virtual, similar to 2020, while others were canceled this year.
In-person sessions will occur in regional locations because some school districts are not allowing students to participate in overnight events, according to Bunselmeyer.
Kicking off state FFA celebrations, the convention business session will be virtual May 28, starting at 3 p.m.
In-person regional events will be June 1 in the CornBelters Corn Crib baseball park, Normal; June 4 in the Southern Illinois University Saluki Stadium, Carbondale; and June 9 in the Grandstand on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield.
Bunselmeyer stressed all COVID-19 protocols would be enforced. All those attending must wear masks even if they’ve been fully vaccinated for COVID, observe social distancing and remain with their FFA chapter or family group.
On June 8, a condensed, in-person state FFA convention will start at 3 p.m. in the state fair Grandstand with honoring of top state FFA awards and retiring state officers. New state FFA officers will be elected June 10 by chapter delegates at the Grandstand.