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29th Sunbelt Ag Expo starts Tuesday

October 13, 2006

Moultrie - The Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie is the world's largest farm show with field demonstrations. Hundreds of thousands of people attend each year, and there's lots of work that takes place, before they arrive.

T minus four days until the 29th Expo begins at Spence Field in Moultrie.  Executive Director Chip Blalock says, "To show the value of broadband in rural America, and number two, enhancing our agricultural applications."

More than 1200 exhibitors will showcase the latest and greatest technological advances in farming and farm equipment.  He says, "One of the things that we're really highlighting this year is our rural broadband, our WiFi systems."

Chris McDaniel came all the way from Louisiana. Chris says, "It's about the best place to show equipment to a bunch of people."

Hundreds of thousands of people, from all over the world. Kenny Mitchem says, "It's a good show and there's a lot of new products we get from time to time and we like for our dealers, our customers to see the new products."

Mitchem, of Leesburg, Florida, has only missed one show in the Expo's 29 year history.  He says, "We come back every year because it's an opportunity to show our product, so we need to be here. Everybody else is here, so we need to be here also."

And you don't have to be a farmer to attend. The Expo has something for everyone.  Blalock says, "We have a very diverse show for the entire family, but it's also a great time for the consumers of agricultural products to come out to see what farmers are doing to continue to produce the safest, most economical, most abundant supply of food, fiber and shelter in the world."

The Expo begins Tuesday morning, gates open at 8:30. Admission is $6.

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