Farm Show opens for 53rd consecutive year 

If the Colusa Farm Show looks the same every year when you first walk through the gates, don’t let the familiar colors, displays and signs of long-trusted vendors and equipment fool you.

Now in its 53rd year, the Colusa Farm Show features more than 300 new and returning exhibitors representing the most cutting-edge farm equipment, technology, and services available to help farmers make the best choices for their agriculture practices.

“I’ve been here probably since 1990,” said Cris Chivers, of MJB Welding, on Tuesday, opening day of the Colusa Farm Show. “When (people) come to MJB, what they are going to see is how welding has evolved. It’s gotten easier to use, smaller, and lighter. They will see technology as it’s changed and as it has continued to advance…and a lot of really cool tools.”

Called the “Granddaddy” of west coast farm exhibitions, the Colusa Farm Show is the oldest agricultural show of its kind. The Colusa Farm Show committee has worked hard to see that many new companies this year have a chance to shine during its three-day run, which ends on Thursday, fair officials said.

New exhibitor Morgan Defty, of Sterling May Equipment Co., in Woodland, was at a trade show in Las Vegas last week when he learned he made it off the Farm Show waiting list, and is excited to be in the exhibition for the first time.

Defty’s exhibit has a selection of ATV and farm spray equipment to look at, but the Farm Show also provides the new owners the opportunity to re-brand the company’s great new management, products and service.

“(Sterling May) has actually been around since 1946,” said Defty, whose family purchased the company three years ago. “We took it over and revitalized it. We’ve brought a few more products in. We have Honda ATV and Side by Sides, all the Honda Power Equipment, Stihl equipment…We also have small ag equipment and power products. (Sterling May) use to be a lawn and garden shop, but we’ve transitioned to more ag than residential.

Located on the south lawn of the fairgrounds near the grandstands, Sterling May’s exhibit has an assortment of equipment like pressure washers, chainsaws, generators, water pumps…”

Sullivan Drilling of Orland is also new to the Colusa Farm Show this year. The Orland company is a long established driller of ag and residential wells, largely serving Colusa, Glenn and Tehama counties.

“We’re just trying to put our name out there and make sure people know what we do and what our specialties are,” said Katie Sullivan.

The Colusa Farm Show has long served as an educational tool for younger generations to understand how and where there food comes from, and often attracts schools from all over the North State.

About 50 students from Pioneer High School FFA and Ag Department in Woodland attended the show on Tuesday, arriving by charter bus, and will attend the World Ag Expo next week.

“Woodland is a traditional ag town, but a lot of our kids live in town, in apartments, in mobile homes, and multi-family units, said teacher Mark Alves. “Some of their agricultural knowledge is like they go to the store and buy their food. So, we’re teaching them about all the aspects of agriculture, and also they are getting to see it and the equipment here. This is the real agricultural stuff.”

Pioneer FFA advisor Jenni Pares said the Colusa Farm Show is also a learning experience for her, because her agricultural knowledge is limited to particular sciences.

“It is important for me to see it too,” Pares said.

The Colusa Farm Show continues from 9 AM to 5 PM today and Thursday, at the Colusa County Fairgrounds, 1303 10th St., Colusa.■

Today’s lineup includes two annual events: the Ag Leadership Breakfast at St. Bernadette’s Hall and the annual Colusa-Sutter-Yuba Winter Almond Meeting.

Today’s events include the 1 PM presentation by Hortau on irrigation and Spring nitrogen management in the Stagehands Theatre, located between the Main Exhibit building and the Livestock barns. Immediately following, AgSafe will be “Cracking the Human Resource Nut” at 2 PM.

No seminars will be held during Thursday’s Farm Show to allow visitors to spend the day visiting with exhibitors.