Hands-on opportunities on deck for many demos
BY ELIZABETH PARKS
HANDS-ON LEARNING experiences encompass the grounds of Spence Field during theSunbelt Expo. Whether you are a farmer witha small operation or a teacher with a bus fullof students, the Expo has fun learning experiences for all. These interactive demonstrations will ignite your interests in industriesand aspects of agriculture that you may nothave seen before.
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY
It’s peanut butter and jelly time for the Georgia Peanut Commission. Stop by to try tastygrilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.These sandwiches are a crowd favorite. Thepeanut butter is made from Georgia peanuts. From boiled to roasted, peanuts are arecognizable Georgia specialty. Interestingfact: peanuts are legumes and fruit belowground! While you try your PB&J, the Georgia Peanut Commission will have informational materials available about this stapleGeorgia commodity.
Chef Chris Wilton of Wilson Catering inLoachapoka, Ala., will be cooking up friedcatfish over at the Aquaculture building. Thefarm-raised U. S. catfish is a southern delight.Snack on samples of catfish as you watchand listen to Chef Wilton. This opportunityis a must for catfish lovers and curious individuals alike!
Operating on a schedule throughout the
Sunbelt Expo, visitors can see equipment
in action as a part of
the field demonstra-
tions. Catch a ride to the
demos on one of the
trams located at the Tram
Station. Trams depart the
station 15 minutes ahead
of the demonstration
Witness the tedding,
cutting, raking, or bal-
ing of hay depending on
which time you attend.
Farmers looking to invest
in new equipment can
get a firsthand look, and
visitors curious about the
hay industry can watch
the processes. In addi-
tion to hay demonstra-
tions, the other field demos include cotton
harvesting, peanut harvesting, and tillage
STOCK DOG TRIALS
Located right next to the tram station arethe famous stock dog trials! With origins inthe United Kingdom, stock trials date backto the 19th century. Preparing for the trialsmeans long hours of preparation for boththe handlers and dogs. The stock dog trialsat the expo mainly feature Border Collies.The skilled dogs are bred to herd livestockand respond to commands. Grab your spoton the bleachers, and let the trials begin!
The Georgia Mobile Dairy Classroom features a fully operational milking parlor witha live cow. The mobile dairy issponsored by the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commissionfor Milk. Nicole Karstedt engages,informs and entertains her audience as she explains milking andprocessing. To increase agricultural literacy in the dairy industry, the mobile dairy promotesthe dairy industry throughdemonstrations.
The American Welding Society
(AWS) presents a mobile weld-
ing lab. The organization focuses
on inspiring the next generation through
hands-on learning experiences. AWS uses
virtual reality welding simulators by Lincoln
Electric. The trailer includes five machines for
visitors to practice on.
With virtual welding machines, thosenewly interested in the trade can experience the feel of welding without fear or danger. The machines give feedback to usersand include various levels of difficulty. Sincewelding is a skilled trade that requires hoursof practice, this can be the first step in sparking interest.
GEORGIA AG EXPERIENCE
This unique experience is a 36-foot mobileclassroom that showcases Georgia Agriculture on-the-road. The GA Ag Experience, powered by the Georgia Foundationfor Agriculture, uses technology and digitallearning so students can take a deep diveinto seven different Georgia agriculturalcommodities.
The mobile classroom will be located justoutside of the GA Ag/GA Farm Bureau Building at the Main Gate during the Sunbelt AgExpo.
The experiences are presented by vendors and exhibitors across the Expo. In addition to these opportunities, there are countless more ways to be entertained duringyour time at the Expo. Visit somewhere thatsparks your interest, and you might get asample of catfish or a chance to watch stockdogs!