Young farmers are honored at Expo
By JOHN LEIDNER
One of the longest and best traditions at Sunbelt Expo is the Wednesday activities that cater to young farmers and their families. The Expo extends a special invitation to young farmers
and their families to attend the show Wednesday, Oct. 19.
Special activities planned for the day include the barbeque pork
cooking contest for Young Farmer chapters and a horseshoe tournament for teams representing Young Farmer chapters taking part in
Cooking and the horseshoe tournaments will take place on the
Expo grounds near the exhibits. The grassed area between the Expo
farm shop building and the staging area for machinery used in the
harvesting and tillage field demonstrations. This area is just to the
rear of blocks WC- 10 and WC- 11 in the northwestern section of the
The events of the day will be capped o; with a special reception
and dinner starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Maule Aircraft facility.
QUE FEST COOKOFF ANNIVERSARY
This year marks the 25th anniversary for the annual Que Fest pork
cooko;. The original barbeque cooking contest began in 1991 and
was started by the late Ed White when he was Expo director, along
with the late Bobby Batson, who worked in marketing for Swisher
International. The horseshoe tournament made its debut during the
1994 Sunbelt Expo, and was also started by White and Batson.
This year’s pork cooking will get underway early in the morning Wednesday, Oct. 19. Young Farmer teams will be cooking 5 to 6
pound boneless pork Boston butts. Judging will take place at 2 p.m.
that day. The judging team will
once again include enlisted air-men from Moody Air Force Base,
along with this year’s overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt
Expo Southeastern Farmer of the
Year award. Judges will be assign-
ing points to each entry for appearance, tenderness, flavor, and overall impression.
During the 2015 Sunbelt Expo, the top prize of $1,200 for the Que
Fest barbeque cooking was won by a three-person cooking team
from the Young Farmer chapter in Co;ee County, Ga. Other Georgia
Young Farmer teams placing in the competition included Dodge
County, second place; Turner County, third place; Marion County,
fourth place; Telfair County, fifth place; and Dooly County, sixth place.
The pork cooko; will again be sponsored by Swisher International, Farm Credit and the Sunbelt Ag Expo.
OTHER AWARD WINNERS
The first Terrell Weeks Spirit of Que Fest award was presented in 2003,
and is given to the Young Farmer chapter with the best cooking site
decorations. It honors the memory of the longtime Georgia Young
Farmer Association executive director.
Last year’s Spirit of Que Fest commemorative boat paddle was
awarded to the Georgia Young Farmer chapter from Tift County. They
decorated their cooking site to call attention to breast cancer awareness.
Last year’s horseshoe pitching tournament, with a top prize of
$500, was won for the third time in the last four years by a two-mem-ber team from Telfair County. In the tournament last year, Dodge
County placed second and Marion County placed third.
The first Young Farmer Event with an evening meal and valuable
door prizes took place in 1988 when Bill Farrington was the director
of the Sunbelt Expo.
The Young Farmer Event this year will again feature an evening
meal, valuable door prizes, entertainment, and recognition of the
winners in the barbeque cooking and horseshoe pitching at this
year’s farm show.
The grand door prize winner last year was Terry Lewis of McRae, Ga.,
who received $1,500 in cash from Kelley Manufacturing Company.
KMC will again be providing the top cash prize for this year’s Young
Farmer Event. Other major door prize sponsors include Titan/Goodyear, Kubota Tractor Company, Miller Electric and Airgas Tifton, and
Brown Manufacturing Company.
Also, employees of Hays Liquid Transport, Inc., Camilla, Ga., will
award a barbeque grill and smoker to some lucky Young Farmer
chapter in a random drawing.
Entertainment for the evening will again be sponsored by Farm
Credit. This year’s entertainment will be provided by singer Landon
Rowe from Ocilla, Ga. Rowe is a former FFA member from Irwin
County who comes from a farming family. He’s a current ABAC Ambassador.
The meal menu for the evening will feature the Boston butts barbequed by the Young Farmer teams plus all the trimmings.
The Young Farmer Event is sponsored each year by Stripling’s
General Store, Farm Credit, Reinke, the Georgia Young Farmers Association, and Sunbelt Ag Expo.