Sun­belt Ag Expo cel­e­brates 35 years

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Each year, the Sun­belt Ag Expo makes fall a fes­tive time for farm­ers and their fam­i­lies in the South­east. This year Expo, which will be held Oct. 16-18 in Moul­trie, Ga., will cel­e­brate its 35th an­niver­sary.

“For the past 35 years, our farm show has pro­vided farm­ers and their fam­i­lies with a glimpse of the new­est avail­able agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy, all in one cen­tral lo­ca­tion,” said Expo Di­rec­tor Chip Blalock.

Blalock says the 2012 show will be a good one. “Some of the ac­tiv­i­ties we plan in­clude rec­og­niz­ing 23 ex­hibitors who have been with us for each of our 35 years,” he ex­plains. “We com­mend these com­pa­nies for their long-term com­mit­ment to our farm­ers.”

The Expo an­nu­ally wel­comes some 1,200 ex­hibitors and hun­dreds of thou­sands of vis­i­tors. Vis­i­tors will see the ex­hibits in a 100acre area that fea­tures both in­door, all-weather ex­hibits along with out­door ex­hibits and ex­hibits in tents.

In the Ge­or­gia Agri­cul­ture Build­ing, which opened last year, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (GDA) and the Ge­or­gia Farm Bureau (GFB) will of­fer a full sched­ule of cook­ing demon­stra­tions each day. Ge­or­gia Agri­cul­ture Com­mis­sioner Gary Black and GFB Pres­i­dent Zippy Du­vall will greet vis­i­tors dur­ing a Coke and peanut so­cial from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17.

“Ge­or­gia Farm Bureau is ex­cited to continue our part­ner­ship with the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture to show­case Ge­or­gia agri­cul­ture,” GFB Pres­i­dent Zippy Du­vall said.The Ge­or­gia Agri­cul­ture build­ing is lo­cated near the main gate of the ex­hibit grounds. If you en­ter the show grounds through the main gate, the Ge­or­gia Agri­cul­ture build­ing will be on your left, di­rectly across from the head­quar­ters build­ing and just be­fore you reach the orange air traf­fic con­trol tower.

In recog­ni­tion of the 35th an­niver­sary, the Expo will have a spe­cial ex­hibit in the farm show’s head­quar­ters build­ing. This ex­hibit will fea­ture a col­lec­tion of com­mem­o­ra­tive sou­venir cola bot­tles from each of the 35 years of the show, along with a col­lec­tion of of­fi­cial Expo pro­grams pub­lished over the years.

The Expo is lo­cated south­east of Moul­trie on Ge­or­gia Hwy. 133. The gates open at 8:30 a.m. each day of the show. The show closes at 5 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 17 and at 4 p.m. on Oct. 18. Park­ing is free of charge. Ad­mis­sion is $10 per per­son or $20 for a three-day ad­mis­sion ticket. Chil­dren un­der the age of 12 are ad­mit­ted free when ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion visit the Expo Web site at www.sun­ or contact the Expo by e-mail at info@sun­, or call 229-985-1968.

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