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Georgia Grown Celebrates New Features at the 2017 Georgia National Fair


Georgia Department of Agriculture
Gary W. Black, Commissioner
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30334

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Press Release
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Office of Communications

Georgia Grown Celebrates New Features at the 2017 Georgia National Fair

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black kicked off the opening of the Georgia Grown Building for the 2017 Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia, with a celebration of five years of progress and promises of more to come.

“Every year we challenge ourselves to optimize this prime opportunity at the Georgia National Fair to improve the public’s understanding of the agricultural industry,” Commissioner Black said, “and I am so proud of our team for continuing to push the envelope in innovative and engaging ways as we work to constantly improve the already popular Georgia Grown Building here at the fair.”

Some of the improvements highlighted for 2017 include an expanded Georgie’s Farm and the new forestry exhibit.

“As the top forestry state in the nation with an economic impact of $32.2 billion, we are excited to partner with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to promote Georgia's most renewable resource,” said Andres Villegas, President & CEO of the Georgia Forestry Association. “It is our hope to tell the story of forestry by highlighting education, careers, and innovation and how our industry contributes to the survival, comfort and progress of all Georgians."

The ceremony also included a first glimpse of preliminary plans for the Georgia Grown Baby Barn, set to open during the 2018 Georgia National Fair.

“We are very appreciative to the Legislature and Governor for believing in this mission of education,” Commissioner Black said. “It is our belief that the Georgia Grown Baby Barn is a valuable investment that will offer generations of Georgians a unique understanding of the importance of the life cycle to Georgia’s $72 billion agriculture industry.”

Visitors to the Georgia Grown Building can also be among the first to pick up the 2017 edition of the Georgia Grown Magazine, peruse the Seasons and Faces of Georgia Agriculture photo exhibit, visit with numerous Georgia Grown companies, enjoy recipe demonstrations, play fun games and quizzes, and shop for local fare in the Georgia Grown Pavilion. The Georgia Grown building is open every day of the 27th annual Georgia National Fair, which is held October 5-15. For more information, visit


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