SYRACUSE, N.Y. — New York Farm Show and New York FFA are teaming up to promote FFA across the state with the “Give the Gift of Blue Program.” The Gift of Blue Program provides FFA jackets for members that may otherwise not have an opportunity to purchase their own FFA jacket. “These young people are the future of the agricultural industry and New York Farm Show supports this next generation by helping promote the Give the Gift of Blue Program,” said Scott Grigor, Show Manager.
As FFA celebrates nearly 90 years of the official FFA Jacket, we know that the symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress, but an icon of the future of agriculture and an American tradition–instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it. But not everyone can wear the jacket. Not because they don’t deserve to…but because they can’t afford to. To meet this need, we look to generous gifts from supporters like you! When you Give the Gift of Blue, you give a member the chance to wear a piece of history and to experience the pride of wearing their own blue jacket.
Beyond its place in Official Dress, an FFA corduroy jacket is an article of faith, honor and recognition of “Living to Serve”. The jacket unifies members in a long-standing tradition and reminds them that they are part of something larger than themselves. Let’s give every member the chance to be part of the tradition.
Did you wear an FFA Jacket and did it serve you well? Here is an opportunity for you to offer that experience to an FFA Member. Anyone can Give the Gift of Blue. You can wish to gift a jacket to a specific chapter, member, or your gift could go to a member in need. Visit New York FFA at the New York Farm Show in the Center of Progress Building at booth 118 & 119 to learn more details. “This is an opportunity for people in agriculture to support the future members of our industry and help them build pride and be a part of a tradition,” said Grigor.
FFA members will be attending the 34th annual New York Farm Show, February 21-23 at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY with over 400 exhibitors covering more than 300,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space in five buildings. “It’s the premier indoor farm show in the northeast and an opportunity to showcase our future, the agricultural youth of tomorrow,” Grigor said.
On February 22nd at 5:00 p.m. in the Empire Room of the Arts and Homes Building, the Robert Watson Memorial Toy Auction will be held. Over 200 Farm Toys will be sold to the highest bidder with all proceeds to benefit the New York FFA.
Tickets are available to you free from your Northeast Equipment Dealers or by writing to New York Farm Show, P.O. Box 3470, Syracuse, NY 13220. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request by February 15th. Admission is $ 5.00 at the door and children under 18 are free. Free parking and bus shuttles are available. For additional information visit our official website at www.newyorkfarmshow.com. New York Farm Show is co-sponsored by the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association and American Agriculturist Magazine.
–New York Farm Show
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