Final prep begins for farm show
Preparation for the 49th Annual Colusa Farm Show is kicking into high gear as 8 a.m. on Feb. 3 approaches — that time and date when more than 250 exhibitors from across the state will begin to filter into the Colusa County Fairgrounds.
"Well, we've got all the spaces filled up — maybe we have one or two left to be filled. We're all ramped up and we're scheduled to be there on Monday with forklifts, getting the equipment moved and set up and being ready to start things off on Tuesday," said Farm Show Chairman David Zwald.
Partitioning out the spaces was a little less labor-intensive this year, as first-time official sponsor Laser Man Inc. provided a GPS survey and mapping of the outside exhibit area, cutting back on man-hours typically involved in manually laying out the vendor spaces — a service that Laser Man Inc. will continue to provide for years to come.
Rabobank will be a sponsor for the second straight year, helping to cover some of the financial burden of making the "Grandaddy of them all" happen.
Mainstays Ag Source and Colusa Casino Resort will again be a part of the show, with the latter once again providing gift bags for all of the exhibitors who show up.
When they do show up, they will bring with them the latest in farm technology and equipment — and possibly some rain. The farm show has a long-standing association with wet weather forecasts. Farm Show Chairman David Zwald said that sometimes the rain actually contributes to a more successful show. This year, the rain is especially welcome.
"We're going to get some rain this week and hopefully even get a little rain next week. We'd like the show to be sunny, but I think at this point we'd rather get the rain and have it be a little soggy out there," Zwald said. "Hopefully, it rains a little bit this week and gives us better prospects for the growers to come out and kick the tires on some of the equipment and see what there is to offer."
Tuesday will kick off with an 8 a.m. seminar for almond growers. The farm show itself will open an hour later. The show will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. all three days. At noon on Tuesday, the Colusa Rotary Club will hold its luncheon in the Exhibitors' Lounge.
Wednesday begins with the Ag Leadership Breakfast at 7 a.m. at St. Bernadette's Hall, across from the fairgrounds. It will feature Monte Lake as guest speaker. People at the breakfast will have plenty of time to dine before heading to see the PG&E seminar at 10 a.m., given by Julie Trethric, a senior customer impact specialist with the company. Wednesday's seminars will be rounded out by "The Benefits of Hedgerows," put on by the Colusa CE & UC Cooperative Extension's.
The final seminar at the farm show will be put on by the California Highway Patrol at 10, pertaining to new truck regulations for 2014. All of the seminars will be held in Stagehands Theatre.