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How Big is Your State FFA Convention?

A trip to the state FFA convention is the highlight of the summer for many Texas kids. Thousands bring home awards and scholarships. Photo by Neetish Basnet

The city of Fort Worth just hosted the annual State FFA Convention, which rotates among cities every year. Our local newspaper covered the event - always positive for agriculture for city folks to get a peek at what we do for the youth in ag. According to the Star-Telegram, the convention hosted 13,500 attendees. Out of that number, about 2,500 FFA students received scholarships amounting to over $2.3 million.

"According to estimates from Visit Fort Worth, the 2019 convention had a direct economic impact to the city of about $14.4 million. About 10,000 attendees were visitors to the city and stayed in hotels and other accommodations, which in part had an indirect economic impact of about $9.9 million to the city, according to Visit Fort Worth."

It was the 91st annual Texas State FFA Convention, and a bit of trivia important to the national organization for you:

"In 1968, then-Texas FFA President Bill Sarpalius moved the motion to admit women as members in the national organization. Sarpalius then moved on to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives."

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