More than 5,000 FFA members heading to Macon

lmorris@macon.comApril 23, 2013 

The Georgia chapter of the National FFA Organization will hold its 85th state convention this week in Macon.

More than 5,000 attendees are expected at the conference to be held Thursday through Saturday at the Wilson Convention Center, according to a news release.

This is the seventh time the convention has been held here.

“Macon is a great host city,” Ben Lastly, state executive secretary, said in the release.

In addition to convention activities, FFA attendees will participate in three community service projects. They will collect canned food Thursday for the Harvest for America Food Drive, and they also will volunteer at the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank.

In addition, attendees will participate in a Rebuilding Macon project by painting three houses in the neighborhood near the convention center, the release stated.

The Georgia FFA Association was founded in 1929 and brings together students, teachers and agribusiness to support agricultural education. It is the third largest state association in the country with 285 chapters and more than 34,000 members.

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