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Thousands travel from all over country to experience 39th Annual Ag Expo

Crews and exhibitors packed up their displays Thursday, as the 2016 Ag Expo came to an end. (Source: WALB) Crews and exhibitors packed up their displays Thursday, as the 2016 Ag Expo came to an end. (Source: WALB)
There were 28,000 people on the first day and 35,000 the second. (Source: WALB) There were 28,000 people on the first day and 35,000 the second. (Source: WALB)
Amanda Propst visited with her FFA group from Ocala, Florida. (Source: WALB) Amanda Propst visited with her FFA group from Ocala, Florida. (Source: WALB)
"It's been on my bucket list for over 20 years to come and this is the first year we've been able to do it," said H.W. Keaton who drove four and a half hours from Dacula, Georgia. (Source: WALB) "It's been on my bucket list for over 20 years to come and this is the first year we've been able to do it," said H.W. Keaton who drove four and a half hours from Dacula, Georgia. (Source: WALB)
Sunbelt Ag Expo Executive Director Chip Blaylock said that's what the expo is all about, showcasing the best of the best when it comes to agriculture. (Source: WALB) Sunbelt Ag Expo Executive Director Chip Blaylock said that's what the expo is all about, showcasing the best of the best when it comes to agriculture. (Source: WALB)

Crews and exhibitors packed up their displays Thursday, as the 2016 Ag Expo came to an end.

Expo organizers said they're already planning for a bigger and better expo for next year.

There were 28,000 people on the first day and 35,000 the second.

Amanda Propst visited with her FFA group from Ocala, Florida.

"I feel like a kid and a candy store here," she said.

And the crowds kept coming in by the third day, ready for an experience they've been looking forward to all year long.

"It's been on my bucket list for over 20 years to come and this is the first year we've been able to do it," said H.W. Keaton who drove four and a half hours from Dacula, Georgia.

He said expos like the Sunbelt Ag Expo are not only enjoyable, but also educational.

"You look around at all these thousands of pieces of equipment and all the knowledge that's here. So yeah, just take time to stand and talk to the folks.  It's amazing," said Keaton.

Keaton said he met a farmer who traveled all the way from Arkansas. 

Propst said the day is all about opening her students' eyes to what's out there.

"So I thought this was a good opportunity to get the kids exposed to agriculture because Ocala is horse country and a little bit more city. So it was just something that I thought the kids needed to be exposed to," said Propst.

Sunbelt Ag Expo Executive Director Chip Blaylock said that's what the expo is all about, showcasing the best of the best when it comes to agriculture.

"Out crew is so creative, they're so hard working, we're always looking for that edge, that little bit of sizzle, that keeps folks coming back year after year," he said.

Blaylock said they're already planning for the 40th anniversary next year, an expo that is sure to impress.

Keaton said, "I'll come back yes! Maybe next year it'll be cooler!"

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