Fun, philanthropy on the convention schedule
While much of IFB’s state convention is designed with serious work in mind – sharing the kind of information that will improve your farm, your county Farm Bureau or your community – there are activities throughout the event that feature fun, and some offer the chance to contribute to good causes.
Cookies and Canvas is a new activity. Based on the popular Wine and Canvas events, Cookies and Canvas offers participants a chance to recreate a piece of art under the instruction of an artist who gives step-by-step directions. Participants are provided the materials they need to create their version of the selected masterpiece – easel, canvas, paint, brushes and an apron to wear during the process.
The Cookies and Canvas sessions are on Friday, Dec. 13. The first runs from 9-11 a.m.; the second from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The cost for Cookies and Canvas is $25 and includes art materials and cookies. Sign up is available through the convention registration at www.infarmbureau.org/convention or by calling Tracie Trent, 317-692-7846. Sessions are limited to 50 people. Participants must bring cash or check to their session in the exact amount due; no credit cards are accepted.
A condensed trade show will feature booths from IFB’s commodity partners, ag businesses and gifts. The trade show runs Dec. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Dec. 14, 8 a.m. to noon.
The State Young Farmer Committee is organizing the silent auction, which will benefit the Feeding America food bank network, inside the trade show area. The committee is taking items from counties to donate to the silent auction; please contact your county president or district Young Farmer representatives if you have an idea or an item to contribute. The committee suggests unique or local food products, framed photos, art, etc., valued at $25-$50.
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops, featuring contemporary and traditional Christmas and holiday music, is the entertainment option for this year’s convention. Tickets for Farm Bureau members will start at $10, with the opportunity to pay more to get better seats. Proceeds from IFB tickets will benefit Community Harvest Food Bank. The show is Friday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. The philharmonic performs at the Embassy Theatre, directly across the street from the convention center.
Back into the world of serious work, young farmers (age 35 and under) still have time to sign up for the Discussion Meet, which begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Discussion Meet topics, a full set of rules and online registration are available on the IFB website, www.infarmbureau.org, under the “Programs” menu under “Young Farmer” and then “Discussion Meet.” The deadline to sign up is Nov. 1.
State convention is Dec. 13-14 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne. More information, including a complete schedule, is available on the convention website or by calling Trent. The deadline to reserve a hotel room at the group rate is Nov. 1.