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Tom Little
American Rabbit Breeders Association

Nov. 17, 2010
For immediate release

Wichita to host American Rabbit Breeders Association in 2012

(Wichita, Kan.) The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) has chosen to hold its 89th National Convention in 2012 in Wichita. The convention will be held at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. The Hyatt Regency Wichita will be the headquarter hotel.

The week-long event will draw more than 2,000 attendees from across the United States, Canada and Japan. More than 21,000 rabbits and cavies, which include small animals such as guinea pigs, will compete in the premier rabbit show in the world.

ARBA is an international organization dedicated to the promotion, development and improvement of the domestic rabbit and cavy. The organization 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.

"ARBA held its 2003 National Convention in Wichita," said Tom Little, ARBA member and chairman of the convention's organizing committee. "We are excited to bring our convention back to the city."

The convention is expected to generate an economic impact of $2 million.

"This gives Wichita the opportunity to welcome back this fascinating hobby and industry," said John Rolfe, Go Wichita president and CEO. "At the same time, ARBA members will be able to see the progress Wichita has made since they were here in 2003. I know they will enjoy their visit."

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