PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
BY AVA JANE TEASLEY
ONE OF THE MOST gut-wrenching decisions Chip Blalock, executive director of the Sunbelt Ag Expo, has ever been a part of in his23 years at the Expo is the decision to cancel last year’s show.
“The whole decision-making process was based on safety,”
Blalock said. “This time last year we didn’t know what to expect
the future to look like. The safest option was to not have the 2020
The void of not having a 2020 Expo is being filled this year as the
2021 show comes full speed ahead. The Expo is channeling its mis-
sion of being North America’s Premier Farm Show as it prepares for
the 2021 show on Oct. 19-21.
“Last year was hard, but we came back better on the other side,”Blalock said.
Attendees are ready more than ever to participate in demonstrations, contests, and challenges. The over 100-acre area and 600-acre research farm hold a diverse number of opportunities for visitors to take part in.
Over 1,200 exhibitors and visitors are expected to be at the2021 event. Moving forward, the Expo is excited about adding newexperiences and enjoying the tradition of others. At the Expo thefarmers, students, families, and exhibitors are its main priority.
Blalock said it best, “Their success and safety, is what deter-
mines our success and safety.”
Thankfully, there is much to look forward to while remaining
safe for the 2021 show.
Change and adaptation:
Moving forward after a pandemic
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