Sun Belt Ag Expo looks to big 2020 event following large boost

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(MOULTRIE, GA) – For now, plans are still proceeding as normal for the 2020 incarnation of the Sun Belt Agriculture Expo in October.

Last year alone, the three day event brought in $16 million to more than just Colquitt County.

Chamber of Commerce President, Tommie Beth Willis tells us, “It has an economic impact that impacts not only our lodging, as well as our restaurants, some of our retail, gas stations as well. And that economic impact isn’t just felt locally, but regionally across Southwest Georgia.”

In addition to the $16 million dollars in revenue, Expo Executive Director, Chip Blalock tells us it helps generate additional jobs as well, with more than 180 employees for the expo.

“Being a show in the center of Southwest Georgia, we depend on all of the surrounding area for hotel rooms. And we appreciate the great working relationship we have with all of our communities that roll out the red carpet and welcome the world to Southwest Georgia in the fall,” says Blalock.

With the economic damage the COVID-19 pandemic has caused to the Southwest Georgia area, Blalock believes this year’s expo will be the boost the local economy needs to rebound.

He says, “But i think when we use some common sense, we can achieve both goals. And quite frankly our exhibitors are ready to do business. That shot in the arm the expo provides to them with direct sales that are a result of the show.”

The 43rd Annual Expo will take place from October 20-22.