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September: Big E      
    The Big E, the largest fair in the northeast, is home of The Big E Cream Puff and Craz-E Burger. It's a New England extravaganza with top name entertainment, The Big E Super Circus, the Avenue of States, Storrowton Village Museum, animals, competitive exhibits, rides, shopping, crafts, a daily parade and a Mardi Gras parade and foods from around the world for 17 days each September. It's the last blast of summer -- celebrate at The Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

September: State Fair of Virginia      
  State Fair of Virginia is held annually at the end of September at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, Virginia.

October: National FFA Convention & Expo      
  Virginia FFA members travel to National FFA Convention & Expo to compete in Career and Leadership Development Events, receive American FFA Degrees, participate in National Leadership Development Workshops, take part in the National FFA Day of Service, attend general sessions, and browse the National FFA Career Show. 

November: State Soils      
The Virginia 4-H and FFA Soils Judging event is an educational, competitive opportunity for members identify soil characteristics and soil properties and how they affect selected uses.

November: Virginia FFA Advocate for Agriculture Tour      
YourNextSpeaker owner, Rhett Laubach is headed to Virginia for a 3 day tour across the Commonwealth! 

Rhett Laubach works with associations, corporations, and student organizations interested in developing leadership potential. Rhett is a professional keynote speaker, trainer, author, leadership expert, owner of YourNextSpeaker, LLC and PLI, Inc. and a brain tumor survivor. His 25+ years of experiences have taken him to 48 states, the Bahamas, Canada, and to over two-million audience members. 

January: Virginia FFA Day at the Capitol      
It is up to us! Share your story, advocate for agriculture, and show your support at the Virginia FFA Day at the Capitol. On January 25th, Virginia FFA invites you to Richmond to meet with elected members of our General Assembly. This event is limited to those who participated in the Advocate for Agriculture Tour in November. 

February: FFA Week - Goodwill Tour of Virginia      
FFA Week is a time for FFA members to host activities that raise awareness about the role FFA plays in the development of agriculture's future leaders and the importance of agricultural education. 

During the week, the state officer team will travel to schools around the state to meet with members and conduct a short leadership workshop. Registration for 2024 is now closed. Visits will take place between the dates of February 15th-16th and the 19th-23rd, 2024. 

February/March: Block & Bridle Contests      
Block and Bridle is a national organization founded on animal science and philanthropy. The Virginia Tech Block and Bridle club hosts events each spring to test 4-H and FFA members' knowledge on Horse Hippology, Horse Judging, Livestock Judging, and Stockman's. These competitions are held in Blacksburg on the Virginia Tech Campus. Registration and billing is handled through the Block and Bridle Club at Virginia Tech. 

Horse Weekend (Hippology and Horse Judging) - February 9th and 10th, 2024
Livestock Weekend (Stockman's and Livestock Judging) - February 23rd and 24th, 2024

March: State Skill-a-Thon      
Date: March 27th, 2024
Location: Rockingham County Fairgrounds

Entries due March 22nd.

Skillathon encourages members to develop a more complete knowledge of livestock and related subjects. This contest provides an educational program for all project members, including those who may not own a project animal, and provides a way to develop self-confidence.

March: Virginia Institute on Cooperative Education (VICE)      
  The Virginia Cooperative Council’s (VCC) Virginia Institute on Cooperative Education is a conference for high school students to gain hands-on experience learning about Virginia Co-op's and their way of doing business. 

March 22-24, 2024 at Graves Mountain Lodge

April: State Judging      
State Judging is a two-day gathering of the VAAE Officer Team, Virginia FFA Governing Board and Advisory Board, and other stakeholders to plan for upcoming events, address concerns, and judge applications for a variety of award areas. Click the link to learn more about the various award opportunities for students, chapters, and teachers. 

April: State Cattleworking      
The youth cattle working contest develops youth skills in animal management and handling. Working as a team, youth efficiently process three stocker calves utilizing Beef Quality Assurance guidelines. Regional competitions are held in the spring throughout the state; the top teams from each region then compete at the State Youth Cattle Working Contest during the Virginia Beef Expo and held in conjunction with the Junior Beef Roundup.

June: State Convention      
Check here for updates on the 98th Virginia FFA State Convention and find resources from past conventions.

June: Agriscience Fair      
Click Here to Learn More About the 2023 Agriscience Fair! 

July: Leadership Camp      
Leadership Camp is a great opportunity for FFA members across the state to come together for a week of leadership and service together. Graves Mountain Lodge is a wonderful spot in the Shenandoah Valley to experience the great outdoors.


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