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Students like what they see at Expo

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 By Christian Jennings - bio | email

October 15, 2008

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Many of the tens of thousands of visitors to the Sunbelt Ag Expo Wednesday were students.     

As one of the largest farm events in the country, the Expo of course is for farmers. But it's also a great learning opportunity for young people. today's turn out was pretty good.     

The fact that gas prices are dropping below $3.00 a gallon probably helped the event's turn out.  They think about 40,000 people walked through the gates.     

And when I was walking around today I noticed most of the visitors were actually kids. Some just checking out the farm equipment with their parents, others helping prepare lunch.     

But regardless of why they were here today, everyone we spoke with was just having fun.

High schoolers Alex Cribb and Ashton Carver rode on a school bus for three hours to get to Spence Field.  "We like the fish farm exhibit, that's pretty neat, and we like the food exhibit over there, that was pretty cool," Cribb said.

They also thought it was pretty cool they got out of school for the Sunbelt Expo. The boys are in Moultrie on a field trip, all the way from Folkston. "It's pretty fun out here, it's a little bit warm today, the wind was blowing earlier, which was great," said Carver.

Warm weather, and hot food, right off the grill compliments of the Colquitt County Future Farmers of America. These seniors at Colquitt County High School were grilling in the heat all afternoon, preparing lunch for about 40,000 hungry people.

"They all say it smells real good. That's the first thing they say," one member said.

These tired FFA boys said it was hard work, but it had it's advantages-- you get out of school. But of course not every kid here was working. most were here to have fun, playing on equipment four times their size, and dreaming one day of working on a farm of their own.

Kids I talked to said a lot more of them will be here Thursday. Colquitt County schools and many other schools across the Southeast are on their Fall Break.  I spoke with one student yesterday who was here from Kentucky.  

So whether your thing is farming, fishing, hunting or just being outdoors, this is definitely the place to be. Thursday is the last day of the Expo.  The gates open at 8:30 and close at 4PM.

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