If you have never traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, I highly encourage it. I have made numerous trips to this mid-sized city and it never disappoints. The past six consecutive years on the first weekend of November, I have attended the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leaders Conference. Beginning as a sophomore in college to now as a post-graduate working the Opportunity Fair, participating in the AFA Alliance Forum and facilitating Franklin Covey curriculum, I am invested. Not just that, but the organization has invested in me.
If I circle back to my first Kansas City experience judging livestock at the American Royal, it seems incomparable to all the memories combined with AFA. This year was no different.
For first-time visitors, I do have some recommendations for you.
Kansas City Barbecue: Jack Stack Barbecue
- Moderately priced, quality flavors
- Pair your delicious ribs and chicken with some Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon
- Fun ambiance for casual or work settings
- I’ve probably been to this specific location five or six times with different sized groups and occasions. Have always received great service and food!
Weekend Out: Power and Light District
- No matter your age, there are many things happening on the weekends in the Power and Light (P&L) District in Kansas City!
- Live music in the courtyard and concerts in the summertime.
- Variety of sports bars to night clubs.
- One of my favorites is the PBR Bar, not just for the country music, but also to ride the mechanical bull.
- Kansas City also finished a project for a free tram that can take you downtown. Pretty convenient in chilly fall evenings!
As always, my experience in Kansas City exceeded expectations. This was the 20th year of AFA and I was excited to join in celebrating the past, present and future of the organization. I know there is a lot of change ahead for not just AFA, but many organizations and people.
This past weekend and start of the week reminded me of many things. Most importantly, I am at the optimum stage in my life to make things happen. I am 24 years young with passion and moxie. It’s time to shift into a new gear with new vision, focus and excitement for the American dream I can create. No matter the outside elements, no matter the people who constantly think in a narrow focus or do not understand mine [or your] goals, keep going for them. Your past does not determine your future–your daily actions do.
Any other favorites for November or Kansas City? Thanks for following and see you soon.