The Colusa County Fairgrounds will soon be filled with the latest farm innovations when the 54th annual Colusa Farm Show gets underway Tuesday, Feb. 5.
About 20,000 people are expected to visit the Colusa Farm Show during its three-day run to see the best farm equipment, communications, and technology the world has seen.
“We have nearly 350 vendors,” said Laura Ford, chief executive officer at the Colusa County Fairgrounds. “We have quite a bit of new [vendors] this year.”
The Colusa Farm Show, called the “granddaddy” of farm shows because it was the first ever agriculture exposition of its kind on the west coast, allows industry suppliers from all over the world to introduce the latest in modern farming techniques, equipment, and services.
The 44th District Agricultural Association sponsors the event annually.
In addition to tractor suppliers rolling out their latest harvesters and combines, the show will feature a wide array of equipment and services that continue to transform the way farmers grow and harvest food and other crops.
The Farm Show Committee, chaired by Joe Steidlmayer, chose to forgo seminars this year to allow farmers and visitors plenty of time to spend with suppliers, but there will be lots of places to rest and get food, snacks, coffee or a drink, including Tacos El Amigo, Jax Kettle Korn, and Refresh Express, who will be making their Farm Show debut, as well as Granzella’s, The Refuge, and Munch A Bunch, who are Farm Show regulars. The 4-H will have pies for sale at Atwood Hall as a fundraiser.
Highlights of the 2019 Farm Show include the 17th annual Colusa Farm Show Rabobank Breakfast, which will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Saint Bernadette’s Hall, 745 Ware St., Colusa, beginning at 7 a.m., with the return of Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea as the keynote speaker. Sponsorships are still available, and tickets for this event can be purchased in advance for $50 by contacting the College of Agriculture Office at 530-898-5844. Ticket price at the door will be $75.
The Colusa Farm Show will also be the first in the California to host the Natural Resource Conservation District’s Soil Tunnel, Ford said.
The Soil Tunnel, a new federal attraction, is a 10x12x15-foot inflatable walk-through tunnel that will give patrons an underground experience as they learn the importance of soil.
Ford said the tunnel will be located in front of the outdoor stage at Festival Hall.
The Colusa Farm Show will be held from 9 AM to 5 PM, Feb. 5-7. Admission and parking for the event are free.
Vendors will start moving onto the grounds on Friday. Although rain is expected this weekend, recent good weather has allowed the ground to dry up ahead of the rain. Extended forecasts expect sunny skies by the time the 54th Farm Show actually gets underway.
“As of now, we are expecting good weather for the show,” Ford said.
Ford also reminds motorists to watch for pedestrians and slow-moving vehicles on Highway 20 during setup and breakdown, and especially during the Farm Show itself.
The California Highway Patrol, the Colusa Police Department, the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department, and Caltrans will help with fairgrounds security and patrol during the event.
New sponsor, Tri-Counties Bank, is the Farm Show hat sponsor this year. Returning sponsors are Colusa-Glenn Farm Credit and Ag Source Magazine.
For more information, call the Colusa County Fairgrounds at 458-2641 or visit www.colusafairgrounds.com/farm-show. School Districts planning to bring buses to the Colusa Farm Show are encouraged to call the fairgrounds in advance and make parking arrangements. ■