The horseshoe pitching tournament was won last year for the second consecutive year by a Shane Arnold and Jason Bradley who represented Tattnall County Young Farmers. They had previously won the horseshoe tournament in 2008.

Other Young Farmer teams placing in the horseshoe tournament last year included Seminole County, Ga., second place; and Miller County, Ga., third place.

The horseshoe pitching tournament will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. The Que Fest judging will take place at 2 p.m. that same day. These activities will take place in an area adjacent to the cooking site.

This is the 18th year for the annual horseshoe pitching tournament and the 21st year for the Que Fest pork cookoff contest.

Que Fest prizes include $1,200 plus a trophy to the first place chapter, $700 to the second place chapter, $600 for third place, $300 for fourth placed, $250 for fifth place and $200 for sixth place. Prizes awarded to Young Farmer chapters for the horseshoe tournament include $500 plus a trophy for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place.

Swisher International, manufacturer of the Swisher Sweets cigar brand, will once again provide the cash prizes for the winning Que Fest and horseshoe tournament chapters. Swisher International also sponsors the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year awards.

The Terrell Weeks Spirit of Que Fest award will be presented to the Young Farmr team with the most attractive cooking site decorations. The award is named after the late Terrell Weeks who was a longtime executive director of the Georgia Young Farmers Association. Last year, the Terrell Weeks Spirit of Que Fest award was won by the Young Farmer chapter from Turner County, Ga.

The annual Young Farmer Event will again take place at the Maule Airplane hangar. It starts at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The Maule hangar is located south of the exhibits in the western section of the Expo exhibit grounds.

The Young Farmer Event this year will once again feature The Springs and valuable door prizes, along with the announcements of this year’s winners of the Que Fest, horseshoe pitching tournament and Terrell Weeks Spirit of Que Fest award.

The meal served during the Young Farmer Event will again feature the barbequed pork cooked by the Young Farmer chapters for the Que Fest contest.

Sponsors of the Young Farmer Event include Stripling’s General Store Georgia Farm Credit Associations and the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition.

Top door prize will be a cash award of $1,500 from Kelley Manufacturing Co. Other door prizes include a $250 gift certificate from Titan/Goodyear. Miller Electric and Airgas Tifton will provide a Thunderbolt AC/DC stick welder. Also, Kubota Tractor Co., will provide a door prize valued at $250.

Entertainment for the Young Farmer Event will be provided by The Springs. The members of this group are noted for their country music performances and their start as musicians when they were members of the FFA in Alabama. The band consists of five young men from South Alabama who have performed throughout the U.S. Their appearance at Expo is being sponsored for the second consecutive year by the Georgia Farm Credit Associations.

The Springs will also present three to five concerts each day at Expo in the Georgia Farm Credit Associations building at location B-9 of the exhibit grounds.