Each year Colusa County has participated in the California State Fair’s Counties exhibit competition.
The Counties exhibit competition is one of the most popular attractions at the State Fair where some say, it would not be a state fair without the county exhibits.
With more than 700,000 visitors in just 17 days, the counties are able widely to market and showcase their communities in a three-dimensional interactive exhibit that is uniquely designed to highlight the special features of the county.
This year, as Colusa County celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Colusa Farm Show, the Colusa County exhibit highlighted the county’s agricultural heritage and recreational opportunities.
Featuring a bright orange Kubota orchard tractor, the exhibit is surrounded by the various raw and packaged commodities that Colusa County produces annually. “Everyone wanted information on the rice, specifically the medium grain rice,” said Gerry Hernandez of the U.C. Cooperative Extension of Colusa County, “they also were seeking information about the olive oil.”
The exhibit also featured large photos taken around the county.
On Friday, July 11th, the Colusa County Exhibit was presented with the Silver Ribbon.
“We are very excited to have received a silver award,” said Hernandez.
The Colusa County Exhibit is made possible through the help of community volunteers who help staff the exhibit; handing out information and speaking to others about our county.
“We were about 65% staffed this year,” said Hernandez, “This was a great improvement from a year past, there was a greater interest this year with participation.”
The tractor was none the less the feature attraction, as many guests asked if it was a raffle item.
“We had several people ask about where to buy the tractor or if we were raffling it off,” said Hernandez.
Use of the Kubota tractor was donated by Holt of California, in Williams California.
The California State Fair continues until July 27, 2014, and if you are planning to attend, stop on by the Colusa County exhibit and cast your vote for people’s choice award.
Also representing Colusa County at the California State Fair are: Cody Murphy for poultry and small animal round robin; Fallon Freed in the Large Animal Master Showmanship; Kolby Steidlmayer for beef breeding; Alexis Hernandez for swine breeding; Helena Weston for speech presentation and Luke and Vaughn Myers.