BY JOHN LEIDNER
INNOVATION, SCIENCE, education and technology all come together at the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, North America’s Premier
Farm Show® held each October near Moultrie, Ga. This year’s show
runs from Tuesday, Oct. 17, through Thursday, Oct. 19.
The Expo has come to represent the fall season in south Georgia,
offering all who are involved with agriculture a unique opportunity
to see firsthand the best that the farming industry has to offer — and
to catch a glimpse of the future of farming. Innovation, science, education, and technology will be featured in the hundreds of exhibits
The show is especially known for demonstrating the newest
farm equipment and technology for everyone to see and com-
pare in a real farm setting. That has been the case since the first
Expo was held in 1978. The 2017 Sunbelt Ag Expo will be the 40th
anniversary of the farm show.
Over the past four decades, the Expo has become a must-see
event for farmers, would-be farmers, and anyone interested in rural
lifestyles. Once again it will welcome more than 1,200 exhibitors —
dozens of them coming to the show for the first time. The Expo also
features more than 300 seminars and demonstrations on a wide variety of topics and interests.
The show is held at Spence Field, an old airbase that has been
converted into a modern farm show facility, with dozens of permanent exhibit buildings and a 600-acre working research farm. It is
located on Georgia Hwy. 133, four miles southeast of U.S. Hwy. 319,
at Moultrie, Ga.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
This official program is filled with information, all of it aimed at helping you make the most of your time at the farm show. Use this program to plan your visit, and bring it with you when you come to Expo.
The fold-out map within this program, along with the list of exhibitors and their locations, will be particularly useful as you work
your way through the 100 acres of exhibits.
A special invitation is extended this
year to visitors from
Tennessee. Each year,
Expo highlights the
agriculture in one of
the ten states that
comprise the southeastern U.S., and this
year Tennessee is the
Spotlight State. The
diverse agriculture of
the Volunteer State of Tennessee will be on display for all three days
of the show at location B- 6.
Michelin will bring a new exhibit to location WB- 8, showing how
tire selection can impact soil compaction.
At the propane gas exhibit at location C- 10 you can learn how
propane technology can fuel irrigation engines, grain dryers, provide
building heat, power generators, and run forklifts, home appliances,
mowers, and flame weeding systems.
The Expo offers its visitors a wide variety of specialized exhibit
sections. For instance, the Hoss Tools Sustainable Living Center, at
location WB- 7 in the western section of the exhibit grounds, will
have an extensive garden and will host its own series of seminars
related to gardening and other topics of interest to small and part-time farmers.
There will be a large selection of lawn and garden equipment, along
with exhibits of all-terrain vehicles, with ATV test-driving tracks. Expo
also offers extensive displays of new pickup trucks, and driving tracks
where you can test some of the new vehicles.
Exhibits focusing on electricity will again be sponsored by The
Electric Membership Cooperatives of Georgia and Touchstone Energy, at location A- 6, just across from the Family Living building. High
voltage safety demonstration, showing visitors how to avoid farm
accidents involving electricity, have long been a popular attraction at
Expo. Touchstone Energy also adds beauty to the skies over the Expo
with morning and afternoon flights by their colorful hot air balloon.
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