Getting the layout of the Colusa County Fairgrounds ready for the upcoming Colusa Farm Show has been reduced to just a few days instead of weeks, thanks to Laser Man Inc, who is using their sophisticated, hi-tech GPS-enabled equipment to lay out the vendor spaces on the Fairgrounds. Staff at the Colusa County Fairgrounds is in full gear readying the site for the 49th annual Colusa Farm Show, February 4-6.
The Show is the oldest such gathering in the Western United States. The three-day event attracts farmers, ranchers, agricultural-based businesses, landscape professionals, and more to view more than 300 exhibits and demonstrations of the latest state-of-the art equipment, and to attend educational seminars. The show, which has often been referred to as “The Grandaddy of Farm Shows,” will convene on February 4th and run through February 6th.
Highlights of the 2014 Show include the annual Ag Leadership Foundation Breakfast, February 5, seminars focusing on the benefits of hedgerows of California native plants in the agricultural landscape, and a review of the new laws affecting Ag Vehicles presented by the California Highway Patrol.
Originating in 1966, the show was started as the Sacramento Valley Orchard Machinery Fair, according to the minutes of the original organizing committee held at the Country Kitchen in Gridley. There was a growing demand for an organization to take on the task of bringing machinery and orchard equipment for Valley growers to be able to see and compare in one place.
Founding Committee member H.L. Peterson, in an early interview, credits the foresight of the 44th District Agricultural Association for realizing the value of the show and offering its full support.
Now known as The Colusa Farm Show, operated by the 44th Ag District, it has evolved into an exhibition showcasing products and services for all aspects of agriculture. The one-time only event has turned into a much-anticipated annual exhibition, attended by agriculturists from across the Western U.S.
“A show of this caliber is increasingly important as a resource for the latest information on government regulations, risk management, water management, etc., in addition to the opportunity to view, compare, and purchase equipment, tools and services,” said Susan Clark, CEO of the Colusa County Fair and Colusa Farm Show. “There are many demands and limited time for growers and ranchers. The show is chance to visit with like-minded individuals as well as view what is offered in the marketplace.”
As the Colusa Farm Show continues to expand, the upcoming crop of agriculturists will be on hand to keep it going. According to Maxwell High School Ag teacher, Lori Niesen, the future is bright for upcoming agriculturists. “I think students have a passion for agriculture because that is what our community is based upon. . . . Agriculture programs give them the drive, the leadership skills, and lessons in responsibility.”
The Colusa Farm Show will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm each day with free admission and free parking. The address is 1303 10th St., Colusa.
For more information visit www.thefarmshow.com or call 530 458-2641.
A full color Colusa Farm Show magazine will be distributed throughout Colusa County and is available here.