FFA Convention & Expo sets all-time attendance record

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A record number of FFA members from throughout the country attended the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo this week in Indianapolis.

The convention and expo had 56,176 attendees.

The new record is an almost 3,000-member jump in convention attendance from last year, when 53,358 attended the event. During the 2011-12 school year, 16,939 students joined FFA and raised the organization's total membership to 557,318 students in grades seven through 12 in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Next year, the convention and expo heads to Louisville for a three-year run before coming back to Indianapolis in 2016.