Are you looking for something fun and educational to do in mid-February? How about a stroll among the newest and most innovative, high-tech equipment, designed for food production? How about an opportunity to discover the latest innovations and technology in agriculture? How about a visit to the greatest agricultural exposition in the whole world? How about a visit to the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, February 11-13?
Tulare is located in one of the richest farming regions in the world, the Great Central Valley of California. Farmers there dreamed up the idea of a farm show, and in 1968 they held their first ever. It was called the “Tulare Row-Crop and Farm Equipment Show,”, and had 157 vendors and 28,000 visitors that first year! The show doubled it’s second year, and has been growing ever since.
In 1972 the name became “The California Farm and Equipment Show.” As it grew, more and more exhibitors from countries the world over participated, and it came to have real global importance. In 2001, the name was changed to “World Ag. Expo,” and now, visitors and vendors come from countries all over the world.
This year is the biggest show ever. There will be 1,400 exhibitors, with 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. 1,200 volunteers join forces to run the show. Over the course of the three day show, 100,000 visitors from 70 countries are expected to attend. There will be free demonstrations and seminars every day, on a multitude of topics. And tractors, trucks, feeding, breeding, and moving equipment. Seeding, spraying, cultivating, combining, harvesting equipment. Storage, tracking, record keeping equipment of every kind. Water, irrigation, dryland, tillage, no-tillage. GPS, apps, drones. Just think of the possibilities! It boggles the imagination.
Plus, I think I read that they’ll have cooking demonstrations and a fashion show, as well as vendors to support those two interests.
It promises to be a farmer’s dream vacation. So, why not go? Pack up the rig, and head to Tulare, California! Be sure to make your hotel reservations before you get there!
For more information about the World Ag. Expo, go to: www.worldagexpo.org.