Moultrie Observer

Local News

October 15, 2012

Alabama in the Expo spotlight

MOULTRIE — Lynyrd Skynyrd said, “Turn it up.” — and that’s exactly what Alabama, the 2012 Sunbelt Expo’s Spotlight State, is doing this year with its modern displays, interactive stations and Trent McFarland of Hope Hull, Ala., a professional rodeo clown and entertainer.

The original concept for the Expo’s Annual Spotlight State came from Alabama’s Mike Sprott, who was director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System from 1975-1980.

This is Alabama’s fourth year as a Spotlight State in the Expo’s 34-year history and, even though the displays will be kicked-up, they serve to remind Expo-goers of its theme: “Alabama Agriculture — Well Grounded.”

Alabama Farmers Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan said this theme represents the state’s well-groundedness in several areas including their history, productivity, stewardship and technology. He also said the state was well-grounded in its variety of products from catfish and poultry to row-crops and forestry.

“So it’s very diversified,” he added.

Pinyan said productivity would be showcased in a colorful, fun way with their famous “Catfish Car,” which will sit in front of the entrance of the tent, along with a giant sod replica of Alabama, which only has to be mowed every three weeks, he teased.

“We are one of the top producers of catfish and eighth in beef cattle production,” he said.

He said, as far as being well-grounded in stewardship, Alabama’s farmers were environmentally conscious. Technology will be illustrated, not only with flat-screen televisions acting as revolving billboards that will feature agricultural scenes and educational facts, but also with a green screen photography display that will encourage participation from folks and a dirt track with remote control John Deere tractors for visitors to play with. Those who have their picture taken on one of the fun backgrounds at the green screen display can have it emailed to them so they can immediately share it on Face Book or Twitter, Pinyan said. He hopes this will encourage more people to come to the Alabama tent to learn about the state.

He said Alabama’s variety of products will also be showcased in the tent with samples from the Alabama Grocers Association including Milo’s Famous Tea, Golden Flake, Red Diamond and Wickles Pickles.

“Everything we showcase is Alabama grown. Agriculture is our number one industry,” he said.

The Alabama Spotlight State Ribbon cutting will be at 10:20 a.m., today.


Text Only
Local News
Business Marquee
AP Video
US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents Obama Reassures Japan on China Raw: Car Crashes Into San Antonio Pool Time Magazine Announces Top Influencers List Raw: Angry Relatives Confront SKorea Officials Bigger Riders Means Bigger Horses Out West Yankees Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Seasonal Content

Should abortion be legal for victims of rape?

No. That baby is alive, no matter how horrible its manner of conception.
Yes. It's wrong to force a woman to carry the child of her rapist.
Abortion is a private matter and should be legal for everyone.
     View Results