Tennessee is the featured state at this year’s Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, and the state’s exhibit promises to spotlight all the best that Tennessee has to offer visitors and investors alike.

The exhibit's designers borrowed from the state’s tourism theme to emphasize key attractions. In “Tennessee: The Stage Is Set for You!”

Sunbelt Expo visitors will enjoy a six-minute video and exhibit areas that highlight how the stage is set in Tennessee for vacations and agriculture and Tennessee-made products as well as educational and business opportunities.

Visitors will also enjoy a plethora of interactive opportunities including live Internet links that will allow them to virtually explore the state.

A live Tennessee Walking Horse will be on hand to show off the breed, and a front-porch setting inside the exhibit will offer Sunbelt explorers an opportunity to rest tired feet. Cool Tennessee spring water will be available to quench their thirst.

The water is complimentary. Visitors have to propel their own rocking chairs.

The Sunbelt Expo is the world’s largest farm show with on-site row crops and field demonstrations. During the show’s three days, Oct. 17-19, the latest technology from the agricultural industry will be on display at the show grounds and 600-acre working farm.

For complete information about the Sunbelt Expo, visit the Web site: http://www.sunbeltexpo.com/

The Tennessee exhibit is sponsored by University of Tennessee Extension, UT

Institute of Agriculture, Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Program, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and the Tennessee Departments of Agriculture, Economic and Community Development, Environment and Conservation (State Parks) and Tourist Development.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are also exhibit sponsors. Tim Cross of UT Extension heads the planning team.

“Every visitor to ‘Tennessee: The Stage Is Set for You!’ will get a glimpse of the wealth of opportunities available in our great state,” says Cross. “We offer something for everyone from the prospective vacationer or investor to the inquisitive student.”

To really experience Tennessee, Cross adds that folks just have to come and see the state for themselves.

Internet capabilities at the exhibit will be provided by Tennessee State University's mobile Internet platform and the Tennessee Walking Horse will be compliments of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association.

For more information contact Cross at (865) 974-7112.

Virginia will be the Sunbelt Ag Expo’s Spotlight State for 2007.