FFA is one of them.
For those of us who grew up in a glass and cement, heavy traffic, smog-soaked environment, the existence of FFA is a foreign concept, relegated to movies, an occassional Discovery Channel program, or a hot summer afternoon visit to the county fair at the Pomona Fairgrounds.
But FFA is huge here. And, from what I can gather from a quick gander at the FFA website, FFA is huge all over.
Some Future Farmers of America Factoids...
Number of Chapters: 7,242
2006 Membership: 495,046
In my small town, we have the bragging rights to have farmed and raised the 2006 National Championship Judging Team.
That's NATIONAL champion. The entire country. All 50 states.
Breaking it down further reveals other diacritical marks. Of the five members on the judging team, four earned one of the top five individual placements in the contest.
4 out of 5!
That's how many dentists recommend you chew sugarless gum over regular gum (who was the 5th dentist anyway?...what a doof).
Not since Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro swept their FFA categories has there been such a livestock judging coup.
Not satisfied at being the red, white, and blue champions, our intrepid Aqua Teen Livestock Judging Force is anxious to take on the world in Scotland for the international competition.
Course, they're about $19,990 short of the expenses they'll need to cover to get there and back again (recently our town Mayor donated a $100 personal check to the cause and issued a challenge to others to kick in).