Don Ostini, chairman of the show sponsored by the Gonzales Farmers and Western Farm Press, received positive feedback on the move from the adjacent community center.

"Exhibitors were pleased to have an area to demonstrate equipment, and the show was more compact. It was too spread out at the other location," said Ostini.

The one-day show put indoor exhibitors beneath the rodeo grounds main grandstands in an exhibit with outside exhibitors surrounding the outside.

There were more than 50 exhibitors and based on a survey, the majority were pleased with the show. More than half of them surveyed have been at the show for three years. The majority of them liked the one-day format at the early October show date.

Western Farm Press has been a farm show co-sponsor for three years.

"We feel like the show has progressed well. We have had good community support and good exhibitor support," said Ostini.

There was a positive attitude among visitors and exhibitors. It has been a good summer for Salinas Valley farmers with generally profitable prices, especially on leaf lettuce.

"I have had a good three to four months of sales," said Leland Vosti, of Gonzales Machine and Forage, Gonzales, Calif.

"This has been one of the best years we have in the last four years," said Patrick Collins of Dole Fresh Vegetables visiting with Vosti at the show.

Two seminars

The show featured two seminars, a morning session on workers compensation fraud sponsored by the Agricultural Personnel Management Association. An afternoon continuing education seminar for pest control advisers was sponsored by the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Association of Pest Control Advisors.

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