Monte Carlo night kicks off convention

2016 Convention LogoAre you feeling lucky? Indiana Farm Bureau’s state convention starts on Thursday, Dec. 8, with a Monte Carlo night beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“Thursday evening of convention is about fun and fellowship,” said Chris Fenner, INFB’s operations and event manager. “Whether members want to play games, listen to music or see what’s available in the silent auction, it’s an opportunity to relax before business begins.”

Monte Carlo night features a meal, games, music and an early look at the convention expo (formerly known as the trade show). A preview of the INFB Young Farmer Silent Auction, which benefits the Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation, will also be available.

To participate in the Monte Carlo night, members will receive “play money” at registration. They can immediately exchange the money for tickets to enter prize drawings, or they can try to win more by playing and winning games in the Monte Carlo area. The more play money a member collects, the more tickets they can get. No real money changes hands.

Prizes include a Samsung 40-inch television, an RC Quadcopter drone, a $250 Visa gift card, a KitchenAid bowl-lift stand mixer, a Keurig K575 coffee maker, a Dyson V6 cord-free vacuum and an overnight room at the French Lick Hotel including two breakfast buffets and two rounds of golf at the Donald Ross Course. More prizes may be added.

The Band Etc., a group based in Indianapolis, will provide live music during the event.

Bonus session for early birds

Members who get to the convention a little earlier can take advantage of a bonus session: Leadership for All. The session offers two parts. From 2-5 p.m., members will get tips and techniques to enhance their leadership skills and influence. Breakouts on advocacy, member recruitment and sustaining local Farm Bureaus are included in this part of the session. Then from 5-6:30 p.m., members and agribusiness professionals will talk about trends in food and agriculture.

The INFB state convention runs Dec. 8-10 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne. Visit to see the full agenda and register. If you don’t have internet access, call 317-692-7846 to register.