From: The Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau is spreading the word to local restaurants, businesses and residents that attendees for the first of two consecutive weekends of the Jehovah's Witness Annual Convention will begin arriving today. Organizers expect 5,000 to 6,000 attendees here each of the two weekends. They travel from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. Our city will be busy with people and traffic as they fill our hotels, restaurants, attractions and stores generating over $3.7 million in direct expenditures for Evansville and Vanderburgh County. Since this group first chose Evansville in 2004 as the site for their summer conferences, they have contributed almost $30 million to the local economy.
The public is invited to attend their services which are free and open to everyone. Services are at Roberts Stadium beginning Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12 and next Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19, 2011. Morning sessions begin at 9:20AM with a break for lunch at 12PM. Afternoon sessions begin at 1:20PM and conclude at 4:30PM on Friday and Saturday and at 4PM on Sunday.
The theme of the convention this year is "Let God's Kingdom Come" to study and note the Bible's message to seek God's Kingdom above all else. Music and prayers services will be the focus on Fridays and Saturdays with baptism ceremonies and the Bible Drama highlighted on Sunday. Throughout the continental United States, there will be 381 conventions in 98 cities this year. Worldwide, there are over 7.5 million Witnesses in more than 107,000 congregations.