LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The city of Louisville has grown in population for the next few days. The national FFA Convention is now underway with 60,000 students packing the Kentucky Expo Center this week.
Those students were treated to a welcome from Rick Pitino at their opening ceremony and a Dierks Bently concert. Just one of the ways Louisville is rolling out the blue corduroy carpet for a group that's filling about 135 area hotels bringing about $40 million to the city.
FFA in the past stood for Future Farmers of America, and a passion for agriculture is still what draws many of the tens of thousands of students to their national convention each year.
However, the group now goes just by the initials since the program has expanded to include more than traditional agricultural careers.
The convention continues through Saturday with everything from competitions to leadership seminars to college and career fairs.