FFA holding state convention in Macon

Nearly 3,000 Georgia members of the National FFA Organization are expected in Macon this weekend for the 82nd annual state convention.

They are expected to contribute about $196,000 to Macon’s economy during their stay with 1,050 room nights booked in local hotels, according to a news release.

This is the fifth year the convention has been held in Macon. The event began Thursday and ends today at the Wilson Convention Center.

“I expect this convention to be the biggest we have had,” Ben Lastly, executive secretary of the Georgia FFA Association, said in the release. “Our FFA members have embraced Macon as our convention home. I am proud of the presence that these blue jackets have when they get to town, and grateful for how we are received by the city.”