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October 15, 2007   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
October 15, 2007

Cullman County's Billy Gilley to compete for Southeastern Farmer of Year.
MOULTRIE, Ga. -- The Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition will mark its 30th anniversary when one of the nation's largest trade shows opens it gates to farmers, vendors and manufacturers from throughout the United States on Tuesday through Thursday at Spence Field in Moultrie, Ga.

The event, which annually attracts thousands of visitors, opens at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday with the ribbon-cutting of a new aquaculture section, followed by a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony of a new poultry education building and a 10:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting of this year's Spotlight State exhibit which pays tribute to Virginia.

Also Tuesday, the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year will be announced at a noon, invitation-only luncheon, which will include Alabama's entry -- Billy Gilley of Cullman County whose family farm captured the 2007 Farm of Distinction Award. Gilley will be competing against farmers from eight other Southeastern states.

A Wednesday highlight will include a Titan/Goodyear Tire Auction, which will offer tires for ATV, combines, tractors and logging applications. The proceeds from the auction benefit the Georgia Future Farmers of America.

Thursday's the day for give-aways with drawings for cookware, a pickup truck and lawn tractors from Ariens/Gravely and Massey Ferguson.

Stock dog trials for cattle and sheep, seminars for beef and dairy, hay and forage, aquaculture and pond management and alpaca will also be held daily throughout the three-day expo.

In addition, horse lovers will be treated to daily demonstrations by cutting horses, barrel racers and Paso Fino aficionados, along with seminars on colic, joint supplements, broodmare and breeding stallions management and equine emergencies. Other daily seminars include discussions for the goat, sheep and poultry industries.

Also on tap daily are hay, hunting and fishing demonstrations, test rides for tractors, harvesters and trucks and scores of exhibits. Entertainment will include musical performances (including the Auburn University Singers and the Enterprise, Ala., FFA String Band & Quartet), a children's tractor pull, cooking shows, tractor parade and more.

A schedule of events is available for download below. For more information, visit www.sunbeltexpo.com or call (229) 985-1968.

Download Schedule of Events Here

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