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Exhibit a picture of success at fair; Colusa County's display of farm scene wins Gold Award
California State Fair attendees can picture themselves in a Colusa County barn at this year's county exhibit.
The county's display features an opportunity for visitors to have their photos taken in a farm scene, while also presenting an assortment of local agricultural products and industries.
The exhibit won a Gold Award this year.
"We want people to go there and see our county. It's a way for the counties to promote themselves," said Supervisor Tom Indrieri, who helped coordinate the large volunteer effort this year.
"It was my first time ever doing it. It was fun, but it was hard work," he said.
The county provided the group with a $10,000 budget, and Indrieri said they came in about $3,000 under.
Martha and Mike Dragoo volunteered to staff the exhibit at the fair in Sacramento on Sunday.
"I think they have a great crew. They have some creative people," Mike Dragoo said of the construction team.
"It's a good draw," he said.
Indrieri said the core team was Patti Turner, Mary Fahey, Gerry Hernandez, Mark Miller, Hal Tacker and Kathy Moran, who tracked the budget.
Dragoo said that while the photo display was popular, he thought the best part of the exhibit was the Colusa County Grown Local Farm & Food Guide they were able to distribute.
Glenn County wins honor
Glenn County earned Best of Show, Best Marketing Presentation and a Gold Award for its bee-themed display.
For the last 10 years, the Glenn County display has been created by Terrie Barr and the employees of Salagno's Event Designers & Flowers in Orland with the help of $6,500 from the county.
The exhibit, "Glenn — Land of Milk and Honey" featured a giant walk-through bee skep depicting the life of the honeybee and its importance in pollinating crops. Glenn County is one of the largest producers and exporters of queen bees in the world.
Not all county exhibits focused solely on industries and products; San Joaquin County took the opportunity to make a political statement.
The exhibit was topped with a large concrete tube and statements of opposition to the proposed peripheral tunnels, calling the project "a sweetheart deal for the always thirsty and never satisfied interests in southern California."
Indrieri was surprised at the "bold move" but supported the statement.
"I saw it and I thought, 'At the state fair, wow,'" he said.
Farmers Market highlights ag
Outside the building hosting the county exhibits, agriculture continued to be a prevalent theme.
A 3-acre state fair farm with raised beds of peppers, grapes, tomatoes and other crops provided a living, growing exhibit highlighting food production in the state.
In addition to fair food staples like funnel cake and unique offerings like deep fried watermelon and chocolate-covered bacon, a certified farmers market booth provided fair attendees with fresh, California-grown produce delivered to the stand every morning.
Maria Martinez was selling string cheese, raisins, stone fruit, watermelon and almonds from the booth.
"People are thanking us for having reasonable prices and healthy food," she said.
The California State Fair in Sacramento runs through July 28. The county exhibits can be seen in California Buildings A and B.