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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 17, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Attendance numbers at this week's Sunbelt Ag Expo were down 15 percent, and organizers say a mixture of economics and poor timing may be to blame.

While final attendance figures are being tallied, estimates show between 84,000 and 85,000 attended the three-day farm show. Organizers say many attendees came for specific products not just to browse.

The turn out didn't affect many big venders who have already committed to returning next year. Organizers say green technology and diesel alternatives are expected to be the big draws next year.

The Expo will also be held a week later in 2009 from October 20th through the 22nd in an effort to accommodate more farmers at the end of their growing seasons.

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