A national convention for rabbit breeders this weekend is expected to bring in millions to the local economy, according to tourism officials.
The Illinois-based American Rabbit Breeders Association will hold its national convention Saturday through Oct. 22 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, and officials at the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau estimate about $2.5 million of economic impact for the region directly from the event.
The show has about 2,600 registered participants and vendors, which exceeds the original estimate, according to Sharon Altland, director of sales for the bureau.
The 90th Annual ARBA National Convention & Show will house 22,000 rabbits and guinea pigs at the competition. The animals will be competing for a “best in show” designation.
Admission to the competition is free.
Last year’s convention was held in Wichita, Kan., and next year’s show will be held in Fort Worth, Texas.