National FFA convention takes over downtown Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- If you’re downtown the next few days, you’ll likely see thousands of students in blue jackets.

That’s because the FFA’s national convention is in Indianapolis through Saturday.

Officials estimate there will be more than 60,000 FFA members in the city for this event.

Those students will be very busy while they’re in town.

The convention is filled with leadership and career development events, concerts, competitions, and community service opportunities.

With so many young people attending the conference, security is a top concern.

New this year, organizers say they’re under an “elevated security situation.”

Before entering any of the convention venues participants will have the go through a security screening similar to what you’d experience at an airport.

“We live in a time where we have to be very aware of the security situation that we all face, and so for mom and dad back home, we want to make sure as they send their young people to the National FFA convention we’re doing our level best to keep them safe,” said Mark Poeschl, CEO of the FFA national organization.

2016 marks the 89th year for the FFA National Convention.

The 90th annual gathering will once again be back in Indianapolis.

Recently the FFA announced it’s committed to hosting its national convention in the Circle City for the next nine years.