The fourth annual Salinas Valley Farm Show, managed exclusively this year by the Gonzales Young Farmers, is scheduled for Oct. 4 at the Salinas Community Center, Salinas, Calif.

More than 120 exhibitors are expected for the one-day show, according to Don Ostini, a long time member of the Gonzales Young Farmers and chairman of the 2001 event.

Show hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There also will be two educational components. One will be a seminar on the emerging Global Positioning System technology used to guide equipment through fields with unparalleled accuracy. This will be directed by Salinas agricultural consultant John Inman (a retired UCEE engineering farm advisor.)

The Monterey Bay chapter of the California Agricultural Production Consultants Association (CAPCA) also will present a continuing education seminar for licensed Pest Control Advisors. Farm equipment demonstrations also are planned.

“The Gonzales Young Farmer have taken complete control of this year's show,” said Ostini. “Our goal is to make this a farm show the community can support and take pride in.”

Western Farm Press is a co-sponsor and will be providing a show program.

There also will be a forklift rodeo where local forklift operators compete for prizes awarded for their skills in operating forklifts.

The Gonzales Young Farmers began more than 60 years ago. Today Young Farmers give more than $7,500 annually in scholarships and provide manpower and financial resources for community events like the Gonzales Community Fair and Monterey County Fair Livestock Judging Contest. Proceeds from the Salinas Valley Farm Show will be used to fund the Young Farmers' work.

For information about the show or for booth space, contact Don Ostini at (831) 757-5503 or (831) 755-9995.