Hall of States

Hall of States

PURPOSE: Hall of States exhibits will develop pride for members from that state as well as introduce nonresidents to the traditions of others states and expose to all show attendees America's agricultural diversity. Through preconvention publicity these exhibits will encourage even more students to come through the show.

WHO: Exhibits may be developed by a chapter, an FFA Alumni group or other state groups or sponsors. The National FFA Organization can work with the appropriate contact in helping make arrangements for the booth. Contact: Bryan Kelley, Sr. Exhibit Manager Toll Free: 888-332-2589 or E-mail: expo@ffa.org.

WHAT: Some examples of what the exhibits might be designed to portray include:

  • The crops popular in the state; new innovations in the state such as aquaculture or urban forestry; specialty foods native to the region or products popular in the state
  • Environmental and conservation efforts in the state
  • How FFA/agricultural education provides training to meet the needs of the Agricultural industry in the state
  • The diverse marketing options in the state such as barge ship or rail.

FUNDING: Many states have worked with state departments of agriculture, tourism and convention bureaus, state commodity groups, and state agricultural organizations for support to get a quality exhibit to the show. The support has been financial (for shipping, equipment, signs, photos), transportation, or in kind (for samples, products). Some sponsors have even helped set up the booth.

SPACE AND EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: One booth 10’ deep by 10’ wide will be provided at no charge to the state association. (No additional booths are available this year.) Each booth comes equipped with standard eight-foot high back drape, two 3’ high side panels, two chairs and one nine inch by thirty-six inch identification sign with the state's name. All other equipment and service expenses such as tack boards, additional tables or electricity will be the obligation of the state and can be ordered in advance from the exhibitor's kit which will be available on line (exhibitors will be emailed the link in late August).

LOCATION: the location for this year’s Hall of States exhibits will be located on Expo floor of the Kentucky Convention Center. Booth Assignments will be made the first of August.

RULES: All activities should be confined to the limits of the exhibit booth. Displays may not be placed in such a manner as to interfere with other exhibits. Signs and posters shall be confined to the booth. Selling is strictly prohibited. Official dress is required. Adherence to food safety regulations will be enforced by Marion County Health officials to be included in exhibitor kit.

INSTALLATION AND TIME SCHEDULE:
Exhibit Set-up: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2:00p.m. - 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Show Hours: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 31, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 1, 8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Exhibit Tear-down: Must be taken down between 4:00pm and 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1st

RECOGNITION: The National FFA Organization, with the help of a panel of judges, will select the best Hall of States display, based in part on creativity, general appeal, clarity and purpose, and how it represents the best of agriculture in your state. This recognition will be presented at the convention on Thursday at 10am. Exact location will be announced the first of August.




Please submit the application electronically by August 24th, 2012


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