Hands-on opportunities on deck for many demos
THE SUNBELT AG EXPO prides itself on not only
being a trade show that showcases the latest
farming technology, but also including hands-on learning experiences for adults and children
alike. These demonstrations cover many topics
including beef cattle management, equine, goats
and sheep health, fish and pond management,
dairy, poultry, electrical safety, backyard gardening, and sustainable living topics.
The Georgia Electric Membership Cooperatives
(EMCs) tent offers a variety of exhibits, including
the ever-popular high voltage demonstrations.
Electric safety continues to be a primary focus of
EMCs education, since agricultural accidents pose
a serious danger across the country.
For a great photo op, EMCs welcomes children to become “electric linemen.”Kids can suit up
with line worker equipment, then “climb” a mock
electric pole, with supervision, to see what it takes
to get the lights back on. Each new “lineworker”
will be given a child’s plastic lineman helmet
while supplies last.
Oscar the Robot is back again this year to
interact with attendees and share messages
of electric safety. The life-size robot entertains
guests and is a familiar sight to the public.
The popular woodworking exhibit will also
return to this year’s expo. Check out the
amazing sculptures and works of art created
using only chainsaws. These masterpieces
have been amazing expo guests for years and
always attract large crowds. Stop by and see
the masters at work.
STOCK DOG TRIALS
The stock dog trials are a sight to see each year
at the expo. Stock dog trials at expo are based on
a tradition that started in the United Kingdom
in the 1870s, and over the years the trials have
become a way of identifying which animals and
handlers have the best skills at moving livestock.
While the trials are designed to parallel the
everyday work of the dogs and their handlers,
they also encourage high standards of performance, and in the selection and training of
working dogs. These dogs listen to commands
with precision and accuracy to guide livestock
into their proper holding pens.
Whether you are there to watch the competition or just to see some talented dogs in action,
this event is one for the whole family to see.
The Flint River Fresh Sustainable Living Center
takes a new spin this year with seminars offered
multiple times daily.
Featured speakers will discuss soil fertility,
irrigation system options for small gardens, food
safety, cover crops, pollinator habitats and more.
Visitors can meander in the garden, visit
with on-site specialists, and even test out a walk
BEEF CAT TLE
A key way to remain a successful cattle producer
is to never stop learning, staying abreast of the
latest research and new technology in this ever-
Each year, the expo offers numerous seminars
for beef producers to learn more about how to be
better and more efficient. Stop by the cattle barn
to learn about the schedule of events.
GOATS AND SHEEP
Whether you’re interested in learning more about
sheep and goats or are looking for better farming
practices for your small ruminant animals, this
year’s Sunbelt Ag Expo has a wide variety of seminars and educated researchers from many different schools and organizations that can be of help.
The goat and sheep barn also offers goat
milking demonstrations for guests interested in
using the milk for soap, cheese, or cooking, or for
those just looking to learn more about ruminant
DAIRY CAT TLE
Since milk is such a big commodity, Sunbelt Ag
Expo has a lot of fun and exciting seminars this
year that will be educational to children, as well as
the producers. All seminars will be held in building F- 7 next to the Mobile Dairy Classroom.
Make sure to stop by the classroom before
or after you visit the dairy building, especially if
you have children with you. This will be a great
opportunity to show them how to properly milk
a cow, and there will be a feeding demonstration.
With all of these topics and demonstrations,
parents, students, and any other visitor looking to
learn more about agriculture can do so in a fun
and entertaining way.