More than 50,000 people will be in Springfield for group events booked by the CVB, ranging from small conventions to a fascinating train show this summer. The groups will have an economic impact of $7.9 million.

Among the events are two Steubenville Youth conferences, with 6,000 attendees expected at each. Other large events include the Missouri Assoc. for Career & Technical Education with 1,200 attendees, a Jehovah's Witnesses conference with 4,500 expected, the Midwest Energy Assoc.'s National Gas Rodeo with 1,200 attendees, and the Frisco Organization's train show with 1,000 attendees.

Another big event coming soon is the annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Aug. 10-12 downtown. The festival includes a car show, live entertainment, vendors, and more.

In May, the CVB's group sales department booked a dozen groups for future years that will have an economic impact of $3.3 million on the local economy. Nearly 11,000 will attend the events, generating 5,550 room nights at area hotels. 

Sales staff also hosted seven site visits for meeting and event planners and represented Springfield at the Religious Conference Management Assoc. Regional Conference, the Christian Meetings & Conventions Assoc. conference, and the Society of Government Meeting Professionals National Education Conference. 

To view a list of upcoming conventions and other group events that will be in Springfield July-September, click "Download Document" below.