More than 1,000 FFA students from 25 Wisconsin high schools will cheer on the UW men's hockey team Jan. 30 as part of Hockey Extravaganza, an annual event hosted by UW-Madison's Collegiate FFA chapter (CFFA). This year's attendance is the largest in the event's history and makes it the second-biggest FFA event in Wisconsin, ranking behind only the State FFA Convention.
Begun as a way to introduce FFA students to life at UW-Madison, the event offers students from around the state a dose of UW spirit and traditions. Attendees learn hockey cheers and songs and enjoy pizza and entertainment provided by UW-Madison CFFA members before heading to the Kohl Center to watch the Badgers skate against the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Due to the large turnout, this year's event features twin pep rallies—one at Agricultural Hall and one at the Microbial Sciences Building, both on Linden Drive on UW-Madison's campus. Both events will start at 5 p.m. and feature appearances by the UW Marching Band and Bucky Badger.
Originally conceived as a local event, the Hockey Extravaganza now draws students from more than 200 miles away. "It's so thrilling to be able to share the excitement of UW-Madison with so many students," says Sheri Nelson, vice president of UW-Madison's CFFA and co-chair of the event. "We can't wait to show how great it is to be a Badger."