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Wadena Deer Creek FFA members attend national convention in Indianapolis

Photo provided WDC FFA members Dylan Gilster, left, and Andrew Lemke attend the career show during the 84th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind.

Wadena-Deer Creek High School students Dylan Gilster and Andrew Lemke, along with FFA adviser Richard Muckala, recently attended the 84th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind.

WDC FFA members traveled by chartered bus with FFA members from the Brainerd, Staples-Motley, and Eagle Valley chapters. On the way down to Indianapolis, the delegation toured the Tempel Lipizzan Horse Farm in Old Mill Creek, Ill. These are world-famous dancing horses saved in Austria during World War II. FFA members watched the training of horses, as well as toured the facilities.

At the convention, FFA members attended the general sessions, witnessing opening ceremonies along with guest speaker, Dave Roever. Roever is an inspirational speaker who was severely injured during the Vietnam War. He speaks on motivation and ethics. FFA members also attended the National FFA Career Show with more than 1,300 booths showcasing careers, colleges and businesses involved in agriculture.

On the way back from the convention, the delegation toured Fair Oaks Dairy. They milk 48,000 cows between Indianapolis and Chicago. During the tour, the group discussed marketing, biosecurity, turning manure into electricity, and dairy science.

FFA is a national youth organization of 476,732 members preparing for leadership careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture with 7,223 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit for more information.