The show, which has often been referred to as “The Granddaddy of Farm Shows,” will convene on February 3rd and run through February 5th.
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. 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.
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.
“I grew up coming to the Farm Show every year with my grandfather,” said Jonathan Howard, CEO of the Colusa County Fair and the Colusa Farm Show. “Today this Show is an important 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. And something new this year is our Ag Lifestyle Pavilion to shop for items that appeal to our way of life.”
Highlights of the 2015 Show include the annual Ag Leadership Foundation Breakfast, February 4, seminars focusing on new farm bill programs, motor safety and agricultural vehicles presented by the California Highway Patrol, and crop pollination. There will also be a meeting of Almond Growers.
While the staff is busy preparing for hundreds of tons of equipment to arrive, 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 sophisticated, hi-tech GPS-enabled equipment to lay out the vendor spaces on the Fairgrounds.
Attendance and parking at the Colusa Farm Show is free and visitors are encouraged to bring their walking shoes! Food is available including home made pies from the Our Lady of Lourdes.
The Colusa Farm Show will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm each day. 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 will be available on-line for viewing the list of exhibitors.