Each year, the Sunbelt Ag Expo makes fall a festive time for farmers and their families from the Southeast.

This year will be a special Expo as the farm show celebrates its 35th anniversary. The 2012 farm show will be held Oct. 16-18 in Moultrie, Ga., and North America’s premier farm show promises to be another big observance of agricultural bounty.

 “For the past 35 years, our farm show has provided farmers and their families with a glimpse of the newest available agricultural technology, all in one central location,” says Chip Blalock, the Expo’ director. “We are proud of our history, and we are truly excited about the new farming technology and the exhibits we are putting together for this year.”

Blalock says the 2012 show will be a good one. “Some of the activities we plan include recognizing 23 exhibitors who have been with us for each of our 35 years,” he explains. “We commend these companies for their long-term commitment to our farmers and to our farm show, and we invite our visitors to show their appreciation for these companies and organizations.”

(To see additional information about the 2012 Sunbelt Expo, inlcuding in-depth articles on all 10 of the 2012 state Sunbelt Farmers of the Year, see http://southeastfarmpress.com/sunbelt-ag-expo-0).

In addition, Blalock says the Expo will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the propane gas industry. Propane-powered vehicles will lead the daily antique tractor parades. The Propane Gas exhibit will also offer safety seminars of interest to propane gas dealers and consumers.

“In addition, we will dedicate new permanent exhibit buildings for Reinke and Valmont/Valley,” says Blalock. “These are two of our long-time irrigation exhibitors and they have both been strong supporters of our research farm.”

Also in recognition of the 35th anniversary, the Expo will have a special exhibit in the farm show’s headquarters building. This exhibit will feature a collection of commemorative souvenir cola bottles from each of the 35 years of the show, along with a collection of official Expo programs published over the years.

Each year, the Expo welcomes some 1,200 exhibitors and hundreds of thousands of visitors. Visitors will see the exhibits in a 100-acre area that features both indoor, all-weather exhibits along with outdoor exhibits and exhibits in tents.