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38th Sunbelt Ag Expo kicks off

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Tens of thousands of people poured into Moultrie's Spence Field for the first day of the 38th Sunbelt Ag Expo.

New technology and new equipment are just a few things on display as folks converge on Moultrie for the 38th annual Ag expo. 

More than 1,200 exhibits are set up. 

"[It's] 100 acres of exhibit space, 600 acres of research farm. With the beautiful weather, of course, all the harvesting and tillage demonstrations will be going on. All the test tracks will be open," said Sunbelt Marketing Director Gina McDonald.

Tuesday was a great start to the event. McDonald is hoping for a crowd of about 90,000 spread out over the three-day event.

"That's usually where we run. The past couple of years it's keeping on par," said McDonald. "Some years, after last year being a little bit slow, we're hoping that folks that didn't make it will be back this year."

For visitors, it's a great time to look around or shop around.

"We have a farm and we come up here and just go to every exhibits and look at what's new- the technology, we meet vendors from all over the world here," said visitor Tonda Vick. 

"We're looking for a new Ford truck for one thing. And we're looking for a new riding lawn mower," said visitor Al Clayton.

The latest and greatest in farming equipment is out in the country's largest Ag based trade show. Almost 200 of the exhibits are first time vendors. 

"[It's a] great way to get your product out there, advertising, letting people touch and feel and learn more about it," said exhibitor Kris Yancey.

The Expo opens up each day at 8:30 a.m. and will be open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday and 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Demonstrations are part of what sets this Ag Expo apart from all the rest, and that's just a small part of the 700 acre exhibit drivers in the area of Spence Field can expect some delays.

The Expo runs through Thursday. Tickets are $10.  Expo officials say one of the best ways to plan your trip and to get tickets ahead of time is to download the Sunbelt Ag Expo 2015 app.

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