National Baptist Convention comes to town

Posted by Trina Kinstler -  email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -- Cincinnati is hosting another big national convention this week.

Members of the Baptist church from across the country are in the Queen City.

The Duke Energy Center and the U.S. Bank Arena will host events, with 20,000 delegates expected to attend.

Monday, there's music and a fashion show. The official kickoff happens on Tuesday morning with an opening ceremony that includes a guest list with Gov. Ted Strickland, Mayor Mark Mallory and other religious leaders like Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk.

This is a gathering of the largest and oldest African American religious group in the country.

And for hosting it, Cincinnati gets a big economic benefit. The delegates and attendees are expected to spend over $4 million at hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops and transportation.

General sessions, issue forums and evening worship services are all open to the public.

Admission is free with the exception of music concert tickets and the education banquet.

The National Baptist Convention runs through Thursday.