Only a few yards separate this year’s show sponsored by Gonzales Young Farmers and Western Farm Press from where it was held last year at the community center, but show chairman Don Ostini said the move is significant.

"The show will be more compact so those who go to the show can see everything more easily," said Ostini, a long time member of Young Farmers.

Booths will encircle the main grandstands of the rodeo grounds with indoor booths in exhibit halls beneath the grandstands.

"The biggest change, however, will be demonstration tracks available around the rodeo grounds for exhibitors to demonstrate tractors and other equipment," said Ostini.

"We will have a lot more space for demos and the demonstration areas will be very close to the exhibitors’ booths," said Ostini.

Show hours remain the same: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The rodeo complex is just east of Highway 101 at the N. Main Street exit.

100 Exhibits

There will be 100 exhibits both outdoors and inside the rodeo complex grandstand.

Parking and admissions are free.

And, there will be two seminars this year, including a new one in the morning on labor. The Monterey Bay California Agricultural Production Consultants Association chapter will present a continuing education seminar for pest control advisers in the afternoon.

The Salinas Valley Farm Show serves a $6 billion California Central Coast agricultural market from Watsonville to Oxnard.

It is the only farm show exclusively serving this high value, intensive farming market.

"We have been very pleased with exhibitor support since Young Farmers took over management of the show. The community has really rallied around the show and made it a community event," said Ostini. "We had more than 1,000 people attend the show last year, including an increasing number of farmers and pest control advisers from outside Central Coast."

Ostini is optimistic attendance will even higher this year.

The farm show is a fund raiser for the Young Farmers community projects.

Gonzales Young Farmers is a 60-year-old organization that gives more than $7,500 annually in scholarships and provides manpower and financial support for events like the Gonzales Community Fair and the Monterey County Fair Livestock Judging Contest.

For more information, contact Don Ostini (831) 757-5503.

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