One of the largest agriculture conventions, World Ag Expo, has just finished its run, but this year is the 50th celebration. Whether or not agriculture and farming runs in the family, this event with surely leave any visitor with a knowledge of technology, as well as information about the massive production that takes place in one of the biggest agriculture locations on the planet. The name of this exposition would not have included the word ‘world’ if it did not attract vendors and attendees from all over the world. World Ag stands as the largest annual agriculture convention in the world for its 1,500 exhibitors and massive square space to display the newest technology, and of course, mouth-watering peach cobbler. Although gray clouds and raindrops clouded the grounds on the third day, it did not dampen the mood for visitors as the walkways were still filled. With many acres set up with equipment and demonstrations, there is much to check out and explore.
One of the largest agriculture conventions, World Ag Expo, has already approached, but this year it is the 50th celebration. Whether or not agriculture and farming runs in the family, this event with surely leave any visitor with a knowledge of technology, as well as information about the massive production that takes place in one of the biggest agriculture locations on the planet.
Local Town Hall welcomes space enthusiast Adam Steltzner Adam Steltzner shared his story of finding a passion for human curiosity and building robots, Jan. 18. On Aug. 5, 2012, after 253 days of travel, the rover Curiosity reached the rocky red dwarf of Mars. A key contributor to the mission, Adam [...]
For two days, six streets were closed off for an event in Old Town Clovis. During April 2-3, people took the place of cars, swarming the streets perusing various vendors and carnival games. Many booths brought diversity to the Big Hat Day, an annual event since 1977. From traditional Welsh foods to carnival corndogs and kettle corn, the Big Hat Day brought something for everyone to enjoy. According to the Fresno Bee, more than 140,000 people were expected to participate in Big Hat Day. This event is also the largest two day event in Central California. This is the 77th anniversary for Big Hat Day. A visitor from Washington State, Scott (name withheld) came down to the Valley to run a booth with his wife. Their vendor sells women's earrings, necklaces, ankle bracelets, sandals and purses. Scott feels welcomed by his customers because of their appreciation of his wife's unique merchandise.
Strolling towards the large, glass double doors of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Fresno, I heard the repetitive “check 1 2 3 check” of bluegrass band Special Consensus' music soundcheck and moved faster to my seat in anticipation of the January 20th concert. The members of the band are final tuning their instruments and honing in the perfect volume for each microphone. They soon disappeared backstage while the audience eagerly waited for the music to begin. The genre of Bluegrass music, sometimes labeled hillbilly jazz, originated around 1948 in the Appalachia region of the United States. Bluegrass's mixed roots come from Irish, Scottish, English and Welsh traditional music and were later influenced by African-American jazz. Typical instruments in a bluegrass band are the fiddle, acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro and the upright bass. I found myself wishing a live performance of this music would sound equally wonderful as the recordings. Their performance did not disappoint.
Fresno ArtHop is a program for the Fresno population to view local artists’ work. The event is free and each venue features different artwork. The ArtHop occurs on every first and third Thursday of each month in downtown Fresno, the Tower District, and the Metropolitan area. The viewing begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Jayni Placencia hosted a venue at the Romain Historical Building. The potential that the ArtHop artists have is exciting for her and she looks forward to the future of the artists in the community and for her own business as well.
Thousands of people gather on one special night in Old Town to experience the joys of the holiday season as a community. One Enchanted Evening is one of the most anticipated and popular events in Old Town Clovis. Thousands of people gather on one special night in Old Town to experience [...]
Seniors Justin Houts and Michael Fu recently participated in the Two Cities Marathon, Nov. 1. Both partnered together and finished, Fu earning a third place award tile for his age group. Justin Houts ran the marathon to succeed in a personal goal he set for himself. It began last year with former Physical Education Teacher, Ericlee Gilmore, who passed away from cancer, and carried on into Houts' senior year.
I stood on the lawn of historic Kearney Park, as a column of gray soldiers marched to the beat of a drum. On the field, the soldiers marched into position. Skirmishers fighting at the front pulled back as canons fired, belching smoke and fire. The battle had begun. The Civil War Revisited was held Oct. 24-25; this is the biggest event of its kind west of the Mississippi. Besides the obvious attraction of the battle, an actor portraying Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address. There were also many displays ranging from Civil War era weapons to ambulances from the time period. The actors showed great dedication to their part, and played their characters well. They memorized the past of their characters, and some even traveled great distances, like one Confederate soldier (name withheld). “Well this is my 20th year and I’m originally from the south and I had ancestors who fought in the Civil War, so I’m here to represent them,” the soldier said. "I love the camaraderie. You meet people from all over the country actually I came up from Texas. I’ve been coming for a number of years, you get to travel a lot you get to see a some of the great battlefields and meet a lot of interesting folks."
On June 30, 1864, President Lincoln passed the Yosemite Land Grant Act. This was the first time that land had been set aside in order to preserve Yosemite's natural condition, and be available to the public. Both the California State Park System, and the ideology of a national park begun because of this historical legislation. The commemoration of Yosemite starts on Oct. 1, and continues throughout the month. This month is the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Yosemite. The anniversary will include The Lure and Lore of Yosemite Exhibit. The anniversary began on the start of October and will continue throughout the month. The park along with its partners held events throughout the day including a public ceremony that held special speakers, dignitaries and and a memorial. The Lure and Lore Exhibit will be open all throughout the month free for public viewing.