Mum was certainly not the word as FFA members from Kentucky and Indiana gathered in downtown Louisville Wednesday for an event to beautify the new convention host city and rev up excitement for this month’s return of the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo. The FFA members planted mums in various locations around downtown and then met with city officials including Louisville mayor Greg Fischer at the event.
Check out this video to see the great community service efforts in action and hear why Mayor Fischer was so honored to have FFA members in his city.
The convention returns to Louisville Oct. 30 for the first time since 2005 with the Kentucky Exposition Center and the KFC-Yum! Arena playing host to major convention events.
Check out this report and another video covering Wednesday’s big event from Louisville’s WHAS-TV:
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.