World Ag Expo opens Tuesday in Tulare

The Fresno BeeFebruary 10, 2014 

The tractors are parked, the tents are up and the barbecues are in place. The 47th World Ag Expo in Tulare is ready to roll.

The world's largest farm equipment show of its kind starts its three-day run Tuesday on the grounds of the International Agri-Center. Featuring more than 1,400 exhibitors, the show offers the latest in agriculture equipment, technology and services.

LIVE TOUR: The Bee's Robert Rodriguez live-tweets from the expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday

The show is expected to attract about 100,000 visitors over the three days of the event.

Many of the exhibitors were cleaning off their equipment or setting up their booths Monday afternoon.

Nicola Rineiri, of Rineiri, an Italian manufacturer of pruning and trimming equipment for vineyards and orchards, said this is only his second expo.

"We came last year and had such a good response, we decided to double our space," he said.

Along with farm equipment, another big attraction is the food. More than 30 vendors will sell everything from rib-eye steaks to homemade peach cobbler. The vendors are made up of the region's schools, nonprofits and social service clubs.

If you go

What: World Ag Expo

When: Tuesday & Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: International Agri-Center, 4500 S. Laspina St., Tulare

Cost: $15 per day. Children 12 and younger free

Details: (800) 999-9186. Website: www.worldagexpo.org

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