Our convention and expo draws more than 56,000 FFA members, alumni, teachers, school administrators and agriculture industry representatives from throughout the country, and more than 400 exhibitors. The four-day event is one of the largest student gatherings in the nation and has been an annual event for FFA since 1928, the year the organization was founded.
At the Expo, FFA members are able to meet company representatives, learn about their operations and get answers to their questions about companies and their roles in the agriculture industry. Many large corporations exhibit at the event, including Ford, John Deere, the U.S. Army, Dodge, Monsanto, Toyota, Case IH and more.
From 2011-12, the Expo’s square footage of exhibitor space grew by 14 percent as did overall revenue from the sale of exhibit space. Attendance grew also, rising from 53,000 attendees in 2011 to more than 56,300 last year.
“Exhibitors at the National FFA Convention & Expo are an important part of the process that transforms FFA members into productive, goal-oriented and industry-dedicated individuals,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong. “Today’s FFA members are the future of agriculture. Our Expo exhibitors help FFA members learn more about the industry as a whole through their presence and engagement.”
This year’s Expo will span more than 290,000 square feet of space inside Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
The top five fastest-growing shows in 2012, according to Expo Magazine, were the International Consumer Electronics Association, 2012 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting & Food Expo, Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Couture and Coverings 2012. Others making the top 25 were the Global Petroleum Show , National Restaurant Association, New York Comic Con, the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting and Exhibits and the World Dairy Expo.
We will be honored with an award at the 2013 Excite Awards Luncheon on June 19.