(Photo by International Agri-Center, California Antique Farm Equipment Show)

By Valley Ag Voice Staff 

As the first full month of the spring season, April promises new life and growth after the winter months — not to mention a few fun activities casting a fresh look on the agriculture industry. 


Starting strongly, the California Antique Farm Equipment show on April 19-21 is sure to be a great experience with historical value. Attendees can visit agriculture’s past and learn about antique tractors, engines, equipment, and more!  

The three-day show at the Tulare International Agri-Center will feature various activities, antiques, boutiques, swap meets, an antique equipment auction, contests, a tractor pull, and a parade. For more information call (559) 688-1030 or email antique@farmshow.org.  

Another trade show and networking event — the 2024 Spotlight Ag Social — will take place on April 26 at the Madera Municipal Golf Course from 9:30 am to 3:30 p.m. Touted as one of the best Ag networking events, over 750 growers and 120 vendors from various sectors of the ag industry are expected to attend.  

The event is free to attend for growers who can expect free food, drinks, and guest speakers discussing key subjects affecting the ag industry. Following the speaker lineup, a general raffle and gun raffle will take place — part of the proceeds will be donated to the Madera High School FFA. 

Following the social, an after-party will commence at 4 p.m. with live music from Joe Peters, drinks, and food from Sugar Pine Steakhouse.  

Visit https://www.eventcreate.com/e/spotlightagsocial to register.  


The 2024 North San Joaquin Almond Day on April 4 will be hosted at the Modesto Centre Plaza from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Put on by UC ANR, the event offers continuing education credits as well as valuable information about the almond industry. Contact (209) 525-6800 to learn more. 

Another UC ANR event is taking place on April 28 for 4-H officers. The 4-H Officer Retreat & Workshop will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in El Dorado County, California. The event is intended for current 4-H youth officers and others interested in running for a club office next year.  


You’ve heard of Farm-to-Fork but what about Farm to Fiddle? By popular demand, Fresno Philharmonic is hosting the third annual Farm to Fiddle Dinner Party, combining two signature creations a la Central Valley — food and music.  

The event takes place on April 25 from 5:30 pm to 9 p.m. at The Barn at the River Parkway, bringing an evening of local wine and cocktails, a grazing table, and a performance by Rei Hotoda and members of the Fresno Philharmonic.  

A farm-style dinner will feature local specialties. Proceeds from the event will support the music and education programming of the Fresno Philharmonic. Call (559) 261-0600 for ticket information. 

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