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October 08, 2012   Email to Friend 


Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
October 08, 2012

Alabama is the Spotlight State at this year's Sunbelt Ag Expo, Oct. 16-18 in Moultrie, Ga. Tons of prizes, like the ones featured above, will be given away during the three-day event. Don't miss it!

Alabamians planning to attend next week's Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., are encouraged to kick off the event in high fashion with a 10:20 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 16. The ceremony honors Alabama's designation as Sunbelt's 2012 Spotlight State.

Operating off the theme of Alabama Agriculture — Well Grounded, this year’s Oct. 16-18 expo exhibit will reflect that all things related to farming and agriculture begin with a good foundation that includes the men and women who care for the soil, air and water necessary to sustain life.

“Our theme focuses on the fact that Alabama agriculture is well grounded in many areas, including history, technology, diversity, stewardship and productivity,” said Alabama Farmers Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan, who co-chairs the Alabama Spotlight State Committee with Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan.

Pinyan said Alabama’s Spotlight State tent is a must-see. From a unique and colorful living display entrance featuring Alabama-grown products to an interactive world inside the tent, the distinctive, modern flair will surely pique the interests of young and old visitors alike.

“In addition to other informational displays around the tent, the Alabama Grocers Association will display food items and will have coupons and samples of some of the best-tasting food in America that’s made right here in Alabama,” sad Pinyan.

Included within three full days of events, seminars, presentations and field demonstrations is the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year announcement. Representing Alabama this year is Dallas County farmer Sam Givhan. The winner will be announced Oct. 16 during an invitation-only luncheon, where Gov. Robert Bentley will address the crowd. 

Young farmers and their families attending the expo Oct. 17, are encouraged to participate in the barbecue cooking contest, horseshoe-pitching tournament, and an evening reception and dinner. Door prizes and entertainment will accompany the dinner.

Titan/Goodyear and the Georgia FFA Foundation will hold tire auctions Tuesday and Wednesday. Proceeds from the auction benefit Georgia’s FFA activities.

Sunbelt Ag Expo Director Chip Blalock encourages all farmers, agribusiness owners and anyone interested in agriculture to attend the special anniversary event.

“Everyone who farms will enjoy coming to our show,” said Blalock. “If you need a new tractor or combine, a new seed variety, or if you want to start a new farming enterprise, the expo is the place to be.”

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. each day. Admission is $10 per person or $20 for a three-day ticket. Children 12 and under are free.

To access an itinerary, or to download the official Sunbelt Ag Expo smartphone app, visit SunbeltExpo.com.

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