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Sunbelt Ag Expo Turns 40!

The Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition is celebrating a milestone this year, marking its 40th annual show, Oct. 17-19, and Georgia Farm Bureau is proud to have been an exhibitor at each of them!

"As we prepare to celebrate our 40th anniversary show we can't help but think the founders of the show would be amazed and astounded at the size and scope of Expo today," Chip Blalock, Sunbelt executive director said. "To put the growth into perspective, the 1978 show hosted 410 exhibitors on an estimated 25 acres. To those 23 exhibitors who were among our original exhibitors and have participated in all 40 shows, we sincerely say thank you for believing in and supporting the Sunbelt Ag Expo."

This year, more than 1,200 exhibitors will participate in the show that has grown to include a 100-acre show site and a 600-acre research farm. More than 300 educational seminars and demonstrations will be offered during the three-day event covering beef, dairy, equine, poultry and pond management along with cooking and gardening demos.

An exhibit highlighting Expo's 40 years will be displayed in the new R.W. Griffin building opening at this show on Block D-7. Griffin is recognized as Expo's official fertilizer company along with Southern States Cooperative. The Georgia Equine Commission will also unveil its new license plate in a ceremony at the Griffin building. Sales of the vehicle tag help fund the commission.

Be sure to drop by the Georgia Agriculture Building at the main gate to visit with GFB representatives to learn how Farm Bureau is representing farmers on ag issues and get info on the many member benefits your GFB membership offers.

Tennessee is the Expo Spotlight State and will host an exhibit titled, "The Soundtrack of America - Made in Tennessee," showcasing the state's cultural diversity and ag history along with the many places and experiences the state offers.

Other daily events include the antique tractor parade, American Grand Finals Stock Dog Trials and equine demonstrations. For a complete schedule of Expo events or to buy advance discount tickets, visit Admission at the gate is $10 per person/day. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. daily.