Another longstanding popular exhibit will feature antique tractors, at location WC- 7 in the western part of the exhibit grounds.
Also, don’t miss the antique tractor parade each day of the show,
starting at 2 p.m.
Special activities for young farmers will include a barbeque cooking contest, horseshoe pitching tournament, and a dinner with entertainment and valuable door prizes, all on Wednesday, Oct. 18.
The Expo offers an array of great family entertainment. It is home for
the American Grand Finals stock dog competition and popular horse
Don’t miss the horse demonstrations in the equine arena, along
with equine exhibits in the adjacent pavilion. One of the highlights
in the horse arena will be renowned horse trainer Cal Middleton of
Kansas City, Kan., who will provide a clinic on how horse owners can
get top performance from their animals.
Also, the Hands and Hearts for Horses organization will have
therapeutic horsemanship demonstrations in the horse arena that
will focus on how horses can help individuals, especially children, in
coping with and overcoming a variety of disabilities.
Animal agriculture will be prominently featured, including the
poultry exhibits and seminars that have been well-received during
the past 12 years. Beef cattle exhibits were among the first to showcase livestock at Expo. Beef exhibits and beef management seminars
will return to the Bill Patten Livestock Pavilion, named after a long-time Expo board member.
A highlight of the beef presentations will focus on compliance
with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s new Veterinary Feed Directive. The new rules are designed to remove the routine feeding of
antibiotics for production purposes, such as growth promotion and
improved feed efficiency, while retaining these products for therapeutic purposes under the supervision of licensed veterinarians.
OTHER FARM ANIMALS
Dairy exhibits, along with special demonstrations of interest to dairy
farmers and milk consumers, will return at this year’s show. You’ll find
the dairy exhibits at location F- 7.
Be sure to take in the exhibits and seminars for small farm ani-
mals, such as goats and sheep. Sheep and goat exhibits are now lo-
cated at the northend of F- 8. This year, a special topic in the small
ruminant presentations will cover the USDA’s scrapie disease man-
agement and eradication program.
The aquaculture industry is well represented, with ponds and
tents in the northernmost part of the exhibit grounds. Anyone interested in fish and pond management will benefit from attending
one of the seminars focusing on the control of nuisance beavers
New farming equipment is a highlight every year at Expo. For
example, the Kelley Manufacturing Company exhibit at location B- 6
will be introducing a new cotton stalk puller that can assist in managing damaging nematode populations.
The Family Living section will offer a wide variety of cooking
demonstrations and small home appliances. Laurie Jo Bennett of
Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning at Norman Park, Ga., will have daily
cooking demonstrations featuring local celebrities. One of this year’s
new Family Living exhibits will feature the Red Kap brand of durable
‘ THE BEST EVER’
“We have had a great farm show since our first in 1978,” says Expo Director Chip Blalock. “We say it each year — and we believe it — that
this year’s show will be the best ever. Farmers have learned that they
can count on Expo to deliver the best in new farming technology
before it becomes widely available. Come and see for yourself. I can
assure you that our exhibitors will meet or exceed your expectations.”
Trams will transport visitors to the crop fields to see the popular
harvesting and tillage demonstrations. Visitors can test-drive tractors, and all-terrain vehicles.
Expo also helps sponsor the farming industry’s most prestigious
award program, the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern
Farmer of the Year award. The award recognizes ten outstanding
farmers from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and
Virginia. One of the state winners will be announced as the overall
Farmer of the Year winner at a luncheon to be held Tuesday, Oct. 17.
The gates open at Expo each day at 8: 30 a.m., and close at 5 p.m.
on Tuesday/Wednesday, and 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $10 per
person, or $20 for a three-day pass. Children under age 10 are admitted free when accompanied by adults.
Private and charter airplanes may land on an FAA-controlled hard
surface 4,500-foot runway at Spence Field. Facilities for camping and
overnight parking are also available on the site.
For additional information, contact the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, 290-G Harper Blvd., Moultrie GA 31788. Phone 229-985-
1968; fax 229-890-8518; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and website