The annual Salinas Valley Farm Show is scheduled at the Salinas Community Center in Salinas, Calif., Oct. 3, 2002.

Co-sponsored by Gonzales Young Farmers and Western Farm Press, the official show publication, Young Farmers member and farm show chairman Don Ostini said last year's show was successful and he expects to build on that for 2002.

‘We promoted the show early last year and it resulted in good attendance from local producers, pest control advisers and operators and other agribusiness people. We are hoping to build on that for this year,” said Ostini.

More than 1,000 people attended last year's show and Ostini expects that to increase this year. Show hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Two-state draw

“The strong support from Western Farm Press was a key element in last year's show success, particularly in drawing farmers from not only other areas of California, but Arizona as well,” said Ostini.

“We are shooting for more than 100 exhibitors this year. Most of the people who exhibited at last year's show were pleased and indicated they would return in 2002,” said Ostini.

Coastal ag market

The show targets the central coast agricultural market from Watsonville to Oxnard. This represents a $6 billion agricultural market.

Along with the show exhibitors will be educational seminars and a CAPCA continuing education seminar.

Western Farm Press will publish the official Salinas Valley Farm Show program in its Sept. 21, 2002 edition. It will be mailed to 8,000 growers, pest control advisers and consultants in this key coastal vegetable production area. It also will be distributed at the show.

For more information about the 2002 Salinas Valley Farm Show Program and Booth Sales, contact Scarlett Bright at (800) 253-3160, Ext. 141 or Fax: (662) 627-1977 or show chairman Don Ostini at (831) 757-5503.