LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2013) - More than 80 Kentucky and Indiana FFA members gathered in downtown Louisville Wednesday morning to plant mums, less than a month before one of the country's largest youth conventions will return to the city.
The 86th Annual National FFA Convention & Expo will bring more than 56,000 students and advisors to Louisville Oct. 30-Nov. 2. During the four-day convention, students will compete, attend leadership and career development workshops, tour area businesses and volunteer hours of community service. FFA will utilize 133 hotels and numerous businesses, all within a 60-mile radius of Louisville.
The convention will bring an estimated economic impact of $40 million, making it the largest convention for Louisville in 2013. The Mid-America Trucking Show holds the next spot with an estimated economic impact of $14 million. FFA will stay in Louisville for 2013, 2014 and 2015, beginning a three-year rotation with Indianapolis.
Much like the FFA members Wednesday morning, visiting FFA convention attendees will also donate hours to the community as a part of National Days of Service and Delegate Days of Service. Louisville-area agencies such as Dare to Care, Brightside, YouthBuild and the Louisville Zoo will receive hours from an estimated 1,500 volunteers.
The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau continues to fill volunteer shifts for the convention. To register to become a volunteer, applicants can visit http://lou.ly/ffavol13. For questions or assistance registering, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502-814-2746.