Traveling to the Central Valley of California to attend the world’s largest annual agriculture expo will be an adventure for everyone. Following are tips designed to make your visit as smooth as possible.

Use time wisely: World Ag Expo offers agriculture’s best equipment, technology, products and services from more than 1,700 exhibitors. You will see a wide variety of exhibits, seminars and agricultural innovations at this one stop shopping place.

Dates: February 10-12, 2009

Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission: $12 per day. Online preregistrants will receive a discounted admission price — $10 in advance.

Directions by car: The Expo site is located just off Highway 99 in Tulare, midway between Fresno and Bakersfield. Traveling north on Highway 99, exit Avenue 184 or Avenue 200, and follow the signs. Traveling south on Highway 99, exit at Paige Avenue or Avenue 200, and follow the signs. Those traveling from the Porterville and Visalia areas may use the new entrance off Turner Drive on the east side of the Expo grounds.

Parking/Quick Park and Ride shuttle service: Free parking is available on the Expo grounds, but attendees are encouraged to utilize the free, offsite parking services. Fast shuttle service directly to the grounds is available at:

  • Preferred Outlets at Tulare, at the Prosperity Avenue exit off Highway 99 in Tulare
  • Tulare County Fairgrounds on K Street in Tulare
  • MidValley Cotton Gin on J Street and Cartmill in Tulare
  • Tulare’s Mefford Field, at the Avenue 200 exit off Highway 99
  • First Assembly of God Church, located at Caldwell and Akers, Visalia.

A free shuttle bus will travel from each of these locations to the International AgriCenter frequently within the hour (the Visalia location will depart every 30 minutes), dropping attendees off at Gate 2 and Gate 12 on the east and west end of the showgrounds. Shuttles operate from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Registration: When you arrive at the Expo grounds, you can complete the quick registration process on computer kiosks at the entrance gates. However, if you pre-register online, you can save time standing in line.

Handicap parking and free wheelchairs are available on the grounds. RV parking is available on the Expo grounds at $20 per night.

Emergency road service: The Automobile Club of Southern California provides free emergency road services daily during World Ag Expo. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Services include assistance with changing tires, jump-starting dead batteries, emergency supply of fuel, lockout service and minor mechanical first aid. If you are in need of service, look for the blue and white Auto Club Event Support unit in the parking lot.

Travel by private aircraft: Airfields are located in Tulare, Visalia, Bakersfield and Fresno. Due to safety regulations, please contact the airfield before planning to arrive by private airplane.

Private aircraft can land at Mefford Field in Tulare. FAA tower frequency is 126.4. Temporary ground tower truck frequency is 121.05. Jet A and 100 LL fuel are available. For information, call 559-684-4310 or fax 559-685-2323.

Mefford Field is located three miles southeast of downtown Tulare and is adjacent to the Expo grounds. Free shuttle service to and from Mefford Field is available during World Ag Expo. For taxis: DialARide, phone 559/688-5706.

Act now for hotel reservations: Early hotel reservations are encouraged because rooms in the Visalia and Tulare area are in short supply. If hotels in those two communities are already full, check for vacancies in Fresno to the north, or Bakersfield to the south. Both Fresno and Bakersfield are approximately a one hour drive from World Ag Expo.

Helpful tips for everybody: Dress casually. Be prepared for the possibility of occasional rain.

Information booths are located along the east and south greenbelts and near Gate 16. Volunteers will be glad to assist you in searching the database and locating company exhibits.

For more information, visit worldagexpo.com or call 800-999-9186.