It's show time in Tulare, Calif. The latest agriculture technology, new products, free seminars, a Dodge Truck Giveaway, farm tours, tractor pulls, hands-on demonstrations and more will be featured at the 2006 World Ag Expo in Tulare Feb. 14-16.

This year's event also will feature the new Top-10 New Product Center and the Irrigation Center, home for irrigation displays and seminars.

World Ag Expo is in its 39th year, and more than 1,500 exhibitors are expected, showcasing the newest, most innovative products, technologies, and serves for the agricultural industry on 2.5 million square feet of exhibit space divided up into more than 2,100 exhibit spaces.

“World Ag Expo truly deserves its title as the world leader in agricultural events,” said 2006 World Ag Expo Chairman, Erin Ferguson. “It brings exhibitors from around the world for the ranch, dairy, vineyard, construction and other related industries. This show has an international reputation as the agriculture trade show, exhibiting the largest selection of merchandise the industry has to offer.”

Show hours

International Agri-Center show grounds hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is $7, with 3-Day Passes available for $18.

It requires nearly 1,300 Orange Jacket volunteers to man the show which attracts more than 100,000 attendees, according to Ferguson.

“Our volunteers help make this show such a success, and a place where exhibitors and attendees want to come back year after year,” said Ferguson.

The three-day show last year had a $1.2 billion total economic impact on the valley, according to a contingent of independent studies.

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