For more than 20 years, Bartha has supported the National FFA Convention & Expo. This annual gathering of 60,000 young adults develops leadership skills through agricultural education.

The Challenge

After more than 90 years of live events, the National FFA delivered its annual convention virtually in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The National FFA planned a return to in-person sessions in 2021, with events also live-streamed to virtual attendees. They turned again to their partners at Bartha to manage staging and production.

This live + virtual hybrid approach presented unique planning and execution challenges, especially given the combination of large convention hall and stadium event spaces. Bartha’s unrivaled project management ability, staging knowledge, and production expertise resulted in an outstanding event with incredible engagement.

The 94th annual event, held in October 2021 at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium (ICCLOS), required ample organization and logistics. From technical support to custom graphics and video packages and other staging needs, Bartha was there to produce an exceptional event.

A Hybrid Approach

Bartha began preparing with FFA organizers eight months in advance to ensure an engaging experience for the more than 50,000 live participants—and for thousands who would join virtually. Some virtual attendees even presented or accepted awards. Nearly all the presentations were live streamed to an online audience.

We coordinated with National FFA’s information technology team and the ICCLOS team to coordinate feeds and embeds, pushing the video through fiber optic cabling at Lucas Oil Stadium and through a live feed on the FFA website, making this massive event seamless.

The event spanned five convention center ballrooms for numerous award ceremonies, multiple delegate sessions, various competitions, and 15 concurrent breakout sessions. It also included lively opening and closing sessions on the main field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

In total, the complex setup of a stadium stage and breakout ballrooms required nearly 30 screens, 40 Bartha personnel, and 20 trucks to haul our state-of-the-art equipment to Indiana to produce the convention. All in a day’s work!

Tackling Unique Production Challenges
  • A set made of nearly five thousand square feet of high resolution LED panels was utilized to overcome the ambient light conditions for eight sessions.
  • Assisted in supporting the network system in order to stream and manage video of the concurrent events.
  • Patched in hundreds of virtual participants who joined live sessions to present and/or accept awards.
  • Developed a comprehensive cross-renting and labor contracting plan to manage COVID-19 supply chain issues.
  • Designed dozens of pre-production visual renderings to support planning, ensure preparedness, and instill client confidence.
Engaged Attendees, Delighted Clients

Attendees, both in-person and online, gave the event high marks. And as usual, the FFA team was pleased with the process and the outcomes. At the end of the four-day convention, both live and virtual attendees had enjoyed an invigorating, inspiring event.

Bartha has been the production partner for the National FFA Convention & Expo since 2000. From the beginning of our relationship to present day, they have continuously looked for ways to elevate the experience for our members, advisors and guests that attend. From the main stage production and branding the entire convention center to rock solid A/V setups for breakout sessions, delegate sessions, awards events and overflow viewing areas, year after year they bring their “A” game. That is the reason why it’s been such a long-standing partnership. They become a part of your show, not just a service provider. I would recommend the Bartha team to anyone looking for a top-notch event production company. From concepting, creative, and development to the execution of the project, they rank as one the best I’ve worked with.

⁠— Mandy Hazlett, CMP, DES, Associate Director of Convention & Events


As the world continues to adjust to a new way of doing business, hybrid events have become the norm. In-person attendees continue to expect energizing, entertaining, and engaging events. And others expect these events to be streamable online, live, or on-demand. Bartha’s expertise and capabilities make it an ideal partner for these hybrid stadium-sized events.

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Bartha Answers the Call

The National Emergency Number Association’s recent conference and expo exemplifies the scope and quality of the event support and services Bartha can provide.

The association – known as NENA – is a repeat client of ours. As with past efforts, they relied heavily on our creative and production teams to move their multi-faceted project forward in a truly collaborative manner. Hosted at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in July, the primary event components included an emergency number industry trade show/expo, general sessions, breakout sessions, store, registration, and other activities in and around the convention center.

For the 2021 NENA conference and expo, Bartha provided:

  • Event creative, logistics and production management
  • Scriptwriting
  • Creative and technical talent and show crew
  • Event branding
  • Total graphic production including merchandise, signs, on-screen graphics, expo booths, large wall prints, banners, name lanyards, entry units, presentation templates, recognition walls, event app graphics, web banners and more
  • Electronic displays, presentation stages in the expo and convention center
  • General Session set and production design
  • Visual content creation for 16:9 and 3:1 aspect ratio projection surfaces
  • Soundtrack development and audio production
  • Video/motion graphics design and production (150 videos)
  • Pre produced an on-site video production for in-show playback
  • Venue, vendor, speaker, and performer coordination

It is not only about what we do, but also how we do it. For NENA, we are a fully equipped event and production facility, which streamlines their processes before the event and on-site. Because of our long history together, we understand their needs and have refined the pre-production process to include bi-weekly calls and flexibility to handle changes and tight timelines.

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Ohio FFA is a long-standing client who came to us looking for a unique virtual experience for their 93rd Convention. When we started the planning process, they asked us for a solution for bringing all portions of their four-session conference to a completely virtual audience. Bartha was excited to solve this unique problem using skills honed to streamline pre-production and create a show that provided a live experience.

We recorded all four of the hour-long sessions in our studio utilizing our 30′ wide LED Wall. The studio setting featured several stunning FFA custom-branded, animated backgrounds for the video segments. Our producers, editors, animators, and graphic artists created the final program from the recorded content. Utilizing FFA’s branding, our team made engaging video productions by adding Bartha produced graphics, slides, backgrounds, and animations for a “more in the moment” experience viewed by their thousands of attendees.

Ohio FFA’s custom web page was made to feature the livestream, spotlight sponsors, remind viewers of the schedule, advertise a merchandise shop, detail workshop breakouts, and more! Attendees could easily jump to each section via a top-page navigation with anchor links. View the web page here.

Some Bartha-guided solutions that led to the event’s success included a custom branded website and a mix of live Zoom feeds from around Ohio into the pre-recorded sessions. The sessions also featured live Bartha studio segments with the FFA Officers to lead their recognition and elections programming.

Combining those live portions with branded content and expertly edited videos made this year’s program a huge success. We’re proud to be a part of an event and organization that honors the skills and progress of its over 25,000 members in Ohio through agricultural education.