GEORGIA’S ELECTRIC Membership Cooperatives (EMCs) historically come together each year to create an exhibit at the SunbeltAg Expo to offer attendees information on current energy issuesand electric safety, but 2020 was different for everyone in light ofthe COVID- 19 pandemic.
“The past year has been a challenge for everyone, and witheverything that has happened the EMCs of Georgia are moreexcited than ever to get back to the Sunbelt Ag Expo and interactwith EMC members while sharing safety tips and reminding themthat electric cooperatives are not-for-profit service organizationsthat are run by and serve those right in their communities,” saysKaleb Frady, Public Relations Coordinator with Georgia’s EMCs.
This year’s exhibit will feature a variety of activities, demonstrations and hands-on learning opportunities revolving around thesafe use of electricity. These will include topics around agriculturesafety, like burnt pole education and information on safety aroundpower lines with agricultural equipment. Additionally, informationwill be shared on how to be prepared for inclement weather andpotential loss of power situations, as well as the process to restoring electricity.
To further drive home the importance of safety around powerlines, the EMCs will present four high voltage demonstrationseach day at 9: 30 a.m., 11: 30 a.m., 1: 30 p.m. and again at 3: 30 p.m.Attendees will witness first-hand the consequences of making contact with a power line.
Among the crowd favorites will be the return of the Touchstone
Energy hot air balloon, taking flight each morning at 9 a.m. and
again each afternoon at 4 p.m. While taking its morning flight, the
Touchstone Energy hot air balloon will fly the American flag during
the The Star Spangled Banner.
Returning is Oscar the Robot who interacts with attendees andshares messages of electric safety. The life-size robot walks andtalks and has become an unofficial mascot at Sunbelt and a familiar sight to the public.
And for the kids as well as adult-sized kids, attendees can donthe equipment of a line worker and step into a mock bucket to takea photo, as well as climb a model electric pole and experience whatit is like to get the lights back on. Each new “line worker” can receivea child’s plastic line worker helmet while supplies last.
Additionally, the exhibit will be handing out complimentaryice cold bottled water and bags of hot popcorn, and attendeesare encouraged to enjoy the shaded seating inside the exhibit andrelax for a few minutes while learning about electric cooperatives.
Georgia's EMCs exhibit back at Sunbelt Ag Expo