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National FFA Convention returning to Louisville on Oct. 29

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The National FFA Convention is returning to Louisville at the end of the month.

More than 60,000 FFA members are expected at this year's convention, bringing in an estimated economic impact of $40 million. It's the largest convention and expo in Louisville this year.

To celebrate, students planted flowers around the downtown area on Wednesday.

"Our convention is 4-days-long and will allow us to grow and develop as individuals and as students but more importantly allow us to bond as an organization," National FFA President Brian Walsh said at a press conference in Louisville Wednesday.

He says during the convention, students will be visiting local agriculture related businesses.

"We hope to inspire students from across the country who come to Louisville this year to give everything they have to this convention and more importantly to this organization and the industry of agriculture,” Walsh said.

From October 29th to November first you'll likely see thousands of FFA students walking around Louisville wearing their signature blue jackets.

"FFA is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States of America with over 610,000 FFA members across this country," Walsh added.

The FFA Convention was in Louisville last year and will remain until 2015 when it goes to Indianapolis, and the convention has already had quite an effect on the city.

Last year, the Louisville Slugger Museum broke an all-time attendance record thanks to the FFA.

Mayor Greg Fischer says this year's convention alone will bring in $40 million.

"The economic impact from the FFA is tremendous," Fischer said. He says the leadership the organization represents is also inspiring. "Compassion is a value of the FFA as well. Their days of service are legendary."

The convention is Oct. 29 - Nov. 1 at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center.

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