Thousands attend rainy opening to Sunbelt Ag Expo

Thousands attend rainy opening to Sunbelt Ag Expo

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Thunderstorms forced organizers of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo to delay the opening time for the first time ever Tuesday morning, but despite the rainy weather, thousands of people showed up at Spence Field in Moultrie.

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going. So we just go out there with it," said visitor Michael Smith.

"I've been down in South Georgia for about all my life. So I've been through the hots here, the colds here and now rain. Nothing new," said visitor Justin Exum.

Staying dry wasn't the main concern of visitors taking in demonstrations and exhibits, but steering clear of the frequent lightning was a different story.

"That sort of scares me. You can't put a jacket on to get rid of lightning," said visitor Nathan Webb.

Many other visitors did their best to stay indoors as storms rolled through.

Event leaders hope the next two days will be a great chance for guests to see tons of new equipment and field demonstrations.

"[We] had a couple of tough weather events so we just had people come in buildings but they're coming back out. And the rest of the day was good and we're hoping the next two days will be great," said Marketing Director Gina McDonald.

The rain comes in the middle of harvest time for farmers, and McDonald chose to take an optimistic reaction to the storms.

"It gives them a day or two to take off and come to the show where they would otherwise try to get their own crops in, so its a good opportunity," said McDonald.

The Agricultural Expo continues Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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