World Ag Expo

World Ag Expo

The World Ag Expo is a three-day event that is held in Tulare California. I have heard so much about it over the years, and I have always wanted to attend. This year, my boss said she would not be able to attend and said that I should go instead. “You will need to stop at the office and pick up the VIP badge that will let you in to all of the events,” she said. I told her I had never attended it before and was really looking forward to it.

The first thing I did was ask Kristi if she would like to attend the Expo. She said she would love to go with me. I told her I had always wanted to see it, so I was excited to go, especially with her. She said was looking forward to learning more about the agriculture industry and the equipment. “It doesn’t hurt that it’s going to be in the mid 60’s while we’re down there either,” she said humorously.

We arrived early Tuesday morning for the VIP breakfast and the opening ceremonies. I couldn’t believe the size of the Expo. It is easily four times as big as the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot. While we were eating breakfast, some young men and young ladies from the California FFA came in. My boss had told me to get pictures at the event, so I walked over where they were at. There were posing with a lady, who I had assumed was one of their supervisors. I asked if I could get a picture as well. I walked up to the lady to introduce myself and asked if she was their supervisors. “No, I’m Connie Conway with the California State Assembly and I am the Master of Ceremonies,” she said. We had a very nice talk, and we both agreed how inspiring it is to see the young adults and their passion for FFA.

I told Kristi I wanted to go to the education section of the Expo so I could meet with a gentleman from Reedley College I had been working with. There were several Agriculture colleges there and I talked with them about the programs we are working on. We went over to the FFA booth and met with the students and their instructor. They told me their state convention would be next month in Sacramento, and I should try and go to it. “I would love that,” I replied.

Kristi and I had a great time checking out all the displays and meeting some very nice people. It is simply amazing to see the advanced technology available today. I was able to meet with my good friends Richard Johnson and Dave Teigan who both had booths there.

The absolute best part of the Expo was having Kristi by my side. It was a new experience for both of us, and we both said the best part was exploring it together. I hope we get a chance to attend it again next year. Thanks for reading.

Next week: Happy Valentine’s Day

P.S. Aren’t you proud I didn’t ask Kristi if this could count as our Honeymoon?

P.P.S. No, VIP does not stand for “Very Immature Person”