Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

$ # 11

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

$ # 11

Article excerpt

Succesfull fundraising is a sweet recipe. It starts with a foundation of a quality product, is sweetened with collaboration among FFA members and partners, and finishes with rewarding FFA members. This is «specially true of the Indian Creek FFA's annual homemade ice cream tent at the Johnson County Fair.

Since 1972 the Indian Creek FFA, Trafalgar, Indiana, has been making and selling homemade ice cream at the county fair, with annual sales of over 400 gallons (-$5,000+ annual profit) of the tantalizingly rich concoction. Our quality ice cream product has made the tent a very popular tradition for fair-goers. The ice cream is one of the last authentically homemade products at the fair. Ingrethents include a recipe of eggs, high quality vanilla extract, pure cane sugar, whole milk, and half-and-half, which are all 100% natural and minimally processed. Though the only flavor is vanilla, our ice cream almost sells itself. Initially only FFA members worked until a few years ago, when because members were becoming more involved in various aspects of the fair, we asked parents to help in the evenings making ice cream. Many parents were former FFA members, so they were eager to "relive those golden days of yesteryear." We found that this collaboration of parents and members working together has been effective not only for the FFA chapter in general, but it also creates an opportunity for parents to discuss opportunities with the FFA Advisor.

Rewarding FFA members for their fund-raising efforts is critical for success. …

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