STUDENTS IN SIXTH through 12th grades are
invited to take part in six competitive events
during this year’s Sunbelt Ag Expo. These events
are aimed at challenging and educating young
people in middle school and high school grades.
These youngsters of today will become customers
of Expo exhibitors in the years ahead.
The competitive challenge categories at this
year’s show will include floral design, and identification contests for agricultural mechanics/tools,
horticulture, forestry, wildlife, and animal science.
These activities will take place Wednesday,
Oct. 16, starting at 8: 45 a.m., and lasting until
1: 45 p.m. Most of these events will be in the
R. W. Griffin building at location D- 7. R. W. Griffin
is the Expo’s official fertilizer company and is a
sponsor of the annual Sunbelt Ag Expo Field
Day held during July.
Students from all states are invited to partici-
pate. Awards, sponsored by Country Financial,
will be given in each challenge to the top three
finishers in the junior and senior divisions. Awards
will also be given to the club or chapter with the
best overall finish, and to the state with the best
“We invite students to join us as we salute
healthy competition, while they learn about
the latest agricultural technology, research, and
equipment at North America’s Premier Farm
Show, the Sunbelt Ag Expo,” says Becca Turner,
Sunbelt Ag Expo Vice President of Marketing.
Students in sixth through ninth grade will
compete in the junior division and those in grades
10 through 12 will compete in the senior division.
They will be allowed to compete as individuals or
as part of a chapter or club. Also, each student can
participate in as many competitive challenges as
Students are invited to check the Sunbelt Ag
Expo website, www.sunbeltexpo.com, to obtain
additional information and to sign up for the
contests. The expo is working to allow students
and their sponsors to register to participate in the
contests when they buy their expo tickets online
from the expo website.
While the competitive events are based on
contests from the FFA Career Development events
(CDEs), it isn’t necessary to be an FFA member to
participate. Students who are members of 4-H
or other organizations, or who are members of
no organizations, are invited to take part. Home-
schooled students may also enjoy taking part in
these competitive events.
The Expo has always had a great relationship
with FFA and 4-H and has welcomed FFA and 4-H
members since the first farm show was held at
Moultrie in 1978.
FFA began in 1928, and girls first became
members in 1969. In 1988, to reflect the
growing diversity of agriculture, the organization changed its name from Future Farmers of
America to the national FFA Organization. Earlier
this year, Georgia FFA held its 90th Annual State
A new pilot program in Georgia will help
determine the potential of agricultural education for students in the state’s elementary schools.
Nationally, FFA has more than 8,500 local chapters
and counts more than 600,000 young people as
4-H was started in many small towns in 1912
and was nationalized in 1914 with the passage of
the Smith-Lever Act. Today, 4-H is in every state
across the nation teaching students about a wide
variety of STEM opportunities — from agricultural and animal sciences to rocketry, robotics,
environmental protection and computer science
— through out-of-school programming, in-school enrichment programs, clubs, and camps.
For the floral design competition, students
are first given a scenario, and then have a set
time to design and put together a flower arrangement that meets the scenario requirements. For
instance, they might be given a range of cut
flowers and plants to use, from which they are
told to make a wrist corsage for use in a wedding.
The identification contests for ag mechanics/
Students encouraged to engage in Expo challenges
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