Traveling to the Central Valley of California to attend the world’s largest agriculture expo will be an adventure for all who attend. Following are tips designed to make attendees’ visits 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 – World Ag Expo – in Tulare, Calif.

Dates

February 12-14, 2008

Hours

Tuesday – Wednesday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission

$10 per day. Online pre-registrants will receive a discounted admission price.

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 or quick Park and Ride shuttle service

Free parking is available on the Expo grounds, but attendees are encouraged to utilize the free, off-site 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

• Mid-Valley Cotton Gin on J Street and Cartmill in Tulare

• Tulare’s Mefford Field, at the Avenue 200 exit off Highway 99

• Visalia Mall at Walnut Avenue and Mooney Boulevard

A free shuttle bus will travel from each of these locations to the International Agri-Center frequently within the hour and the Visalia Mall location will depart every 30 minutes; dropping attendees off at Gate 2 and Gate 12 on the east and west end of the show grounds. NEW in 2008—when attendees arrive at the show they will complete the quick registration process at the entrance gates on computer kiosks. However, if they’ve pre-registered online they can save time in line by registering online. Shuttles operate from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Handicap parking and free wheelchairs are available on the grounds. RV parking with no hookups or dump station is available on the Expo grounds at $10 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, jumpstarting 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 or call 559-688-3896.

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. Transportation: Free shuttle service to and from Mefford Field is available during World Ag Expo. Taxis: Dial-A-Ride, 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 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. Media interested in covering World Ag Expo are encouraged to contact Beth Sequeira, communications director, as soon as possible for possible accommodation reservations.

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, on hand, will assist you in searching the database and locating company exhibits.

The 2008 World Ag Expo is Feb. 12-14, at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif. This year, the Expo will expand to 2.6 million square feet with the addition of the Dairy Technology Center and outdoor exhibits in the dairy section. The 2008 World Ag Expo is Where the World of Agriculture Means Business. For more information visit www.worldagexpo.com or call 800-999-9186.