Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Fair of Fairs.........Joyce Oroz

The Santa Cruz County Fair opened yesterday, Tuesday, September 9 and runs through Sunday, September 13.
You will find it in Watsonville  at 2601 East Lake Avenue
Watsonville, California 95076
The "good old days" are still here in the form of a terrific county fair. Santa Cruz County has one of the best if not THE best fair in California. It is beautifully landscaped, pristine, and exploding with entertainment. 

New features are added each year, and the old favorites continue, like music, a bazillion food choices, turkey and pig races, 4H livestock, the rose garden, rodeo, flower competitions, baking competitions, art, photography, quilting, historic buildings and displays and on and on.
September is the perfect time of year to enjoy our lovely fair--hope to see you there!

Codiga Center & Museum: Potatoes and wheat were once major crops of the Central Coast of California. Today these fields are growing lettuce, strawberries and raspberries. Years ago, ships and railroads, not today’s trucks, transported the agricultural bounty to markets. Come and visit our museum to learn about the people and crops that made this area so unique.

AHP’s two story California style barn is home to our exhibits, research center, archives, and gift shop, the “Country Corner.” Exhibits include “When Apples Were King,” the story of the once flourishing apple industry; “Pick Now, Eat Later,” food preservation methods for our bountiful production; “Legacy of the Vaqueros,” cattle from the Mission days to current times. There are also extensive fruit jar and milk bottle and dairy artifact displays. The upstairs Santa Cruz County room archive houses a non-circulating collection of agricultural related books, photos and an extensive collection of USDA and UC Extension Service pamphlets. Research by appointment only.

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