The World Floor Covering Association and the Long Island Floor Covering Association will share an anniversary in 2009. Both of these venerable industry groups are turning 50 – and both are planning celebrations to mark the milestone.

WFCA plans to award 50 $1,000 prizes during Surfaces 2009, Feb. 3-5 in Las Vegas. “Our tentative plans are for attendees to come to our booth and get a little passport,” said D. Christopher Davis, president and CEO of the WFCA. “Attendees can get their passports stamped at the WFCA exhibits. If they get enough stamps to show they visited three booths, they can drop the passport off to us and we’ll enter it into a drawing for $1,000.”

For its part, LIFCA is planning a birthday bash for Jan. 21 at the Woodbury Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. “We’ve had our ups and downs but we are still alive and well and we invite everyone in our industry to celebrate 50 years,” LIFCA officials said. Proceeds from the event with benefit the Floor Covering Industry Foundation. For more information, visit