A thousand teenagers, FFA advisors, parents and state agricultural leaders visit to Craig earlier this month prompted Pizza Hut to pop an extra 75 pizzas in their oven daily to keep their luncheon buffet stocked during the week. Judy Peters, Pizza Hut manager, appreciated knowing in advance that the convention was coming and praised the efforts of assistant manager, Mike Cramer, who put together discounts and promotional flyers to accommodate the crowd. The restaurant gave free drinks to students, kept their luncheon buffet open an hour later during the convention and offered free bread sticks with delivery orders. Peters agrees with the many businesses that welcome a return visit by the polite, well-mannered group. Domino's shift manager, Stephanie Pearce, saw a ton of telephone orders go through from hotels and an increase in walk-in sales. She said that dealing with the wholesome group was a good experience.
Craig businesses and community members contributed to efforts to welcome FFA to Craig. Historic Downtown Business Association and Museum of Northwest Colorado kicked off greeting efforts in the downtown park, providing music, a llama, alpaca and miniature horse exhibit, and an evening reception for retired Moffat County FFA advisor, Bill Spicer. Yampa Valley Antique Power Association members displayed tractors and farm machinery during the annual FFA Barbeque at Loudy Simpson Park, sponsored by 1st National Bank of the Rockies, Craig Rebecca Lodge, and Moffat County Cattlemen's Association. Courtesy of Memorial Hospital, an ambulance and Emergency Response Team were stationed at the barbeque. Trapper's Mine provided transportation and tours for over 300 guests during the week.
John Haddan, Moffat County FFA Advisor, was pleased that the event went smoothly and enjoyed the opportunity to host agricultural educators from around the state. The annual statewide gathering is scheduled in communities that can support the convention's training and recreational needs. Colorado Northwestern Community College, Chamber of Commerce, Memorial Hospital and Museum of Northwest Colorado coordinated community-welcoming efforts.