8:00 – Media Breakfast | R.W. Griffin Stage
Join us for a special welcome to all of the media and mingle with others at our exclusive Media Breakfast.
9:30 – Opening Ceremony for the 43rd Sunbelt Ag Expo | R.W. Griffin Stage
At our annual Opening Ceremony, we are celebrating the 43rd annual edition of North America’s Premier Farm Show®, the Sunbelt Ag Expo!
9:45 – Hay Contest Awards | R.W. Griffin Stage
The Southeastern Hay Contest presented by Massey Ferguson gives farmers a chance to showcase their high-quality hay for a chance to win great prizes and recognition.
10:30 – Spotlight State Ribbon Cutting | South End B-6
We’re cutting the ribbon and celebrating the 2019 Spotlight State – Virginia. Join us to experience Virginia agriculture…where it all began!
12:00 – Willie B. Withers Luncheon & 31st Annual Swisher/Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern
Farmer of the Year Announcement | Maule Hangar
Over the past 31 years, Swisher/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award program has honored excellence across Southern agriculture’s diverse landscape. At the Willie B. Withers Luncheon, the Swisher/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year will be announced.
2:30 – Cow Milking Contest | Dairy Pavilion
Over the years, the Expo has had women in ag, commissioners of agriculture, Farm Bureau presidents, and even pageant queens participate. However, this year, the Expo is putting a spin on the Cow Milking Contest with it being an all “college dean” line-up.
3:30-5:00 – Meet and Greet with Hannah Dasher | Georgia Peanut Commission WC-9-34
Join the GA Peanut Commission as they feature a meet and greet with rising country music star, Hannah Dasher.
8:45 – Youth Educational Challenges | R.W. Griffin
Country Financial will sponsor the Youth Educational Challenges for students in 6th – 12th grade.
8:45 – Advocacy in Action Contest | GA Ag Building at the Main Gate
The 1st Annual Advocacy in Action Contest sponsored by Georgia Farm Bureau will feature its final round of competition throughout the grounds.
9:00 – State Tractor Driving Contest | B-14
The Expo is hosting the Georgia FFA State tractor driving CDE for the second year.
10:00 – GA Dept of Ag and Governor’s Office of Highway Safety News Conference | GA Ag Building at the Main Gate
Join in as the offices host the “Yield Behind the Wheel” Farm Vehicle Safety News Conference.
11:30 – Kubota Tractor Presentation | WB-9
Join Kubota as they make a special presentation to a deserving veteran through the Geared to Give program in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Tracy Robinson, who served 24 years in the Marines with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Desert Shield, will receive the keys and a free one- year lease on a new M8 Series tractor.
1:00 – Young Farmer Terrell Weeks Spirit of Q’Fest Site Judging
Teams from all over vie for numerous awards during the annual Q’Fest
2:00 – Youth Educational Opportunities Awards Ceremony | R.W. Griffin Stage
Who will take home the cash? Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Youth Educational Challenges, the Advocacy in Action Contest and the State Tractor Driving Contest.
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