Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) has chosen to hold its 89th National Convention in Wichita, Oct. 27-31, 2012. The convention will be held at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. The Hyatt Regency Wichita will be the headquarter hotel.
More than 21,000 rabbits and cavies, which are guinea pigs, will compete in the premier rabbit show in the world.
The week-long event will draw more than 2,000 attendees from across the United States, Canada and Japan, and bring millions of dollars to the local economy.
"It's estimated right at two million dollars. A very key and significant amount of economic impact into our community. And I will tell you in my opinion that's very conservative," said John Rolfe, Go Wichita President.
The organization held its 80th National Convention in Wichita in 2003. This year the convention was held in Minneapolis and next year it will be in Indianapolis.
"People are looking forward to coming back here. They like the hospitality of the place. Everyone was really happy with everything here and exhibitors have been hollering since our last convention," said Tom Little, ARBA member and chairman of the convention's organizing committee.
ARBA has more than 24,000 members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. Members range from the pet owner with one rabbit to the commercial breeder with several hundred animals.