World Ag Expo opens tomorrow

It would probably be a good idea to toss a warm jacket into the pickup before you head to World Ag Expo this week.

The forecast is for cool mornings, but pleasant afternoons. Tuesday and Thursday are forecast to be sunny. Wednesday the weatherman says it will cloudy, but no rain is now forecast.

However, as most farm show regulars, it would not be Tulare without a little rain and mud.

The high for Tuesday is forecast to be an almost balmy 68. Wednesday and Thursday it will be cooler, about 62.

The mornings will be crisp all three days with the overnight lows 39 to 43 so a jacket in the morning will feel good when the show opens at 8 a.m.

Remember World Ag Expo starts one hour earlier than in past years.

Gates close at 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and at 4 p.m. on the last day.

There are 1,700 exhibitors jammed into the 2.6 million acres feet of space, 100,000 square feet more than last year.

General admission is $10 per day or a three-day pass for $27.

For the first time in four decades, attendees will be required to register electronically before entering the show grounds. WAE offered advance electronic registration, but that ended Feb. 1. You will have to register at the gate.

You will get a badge with a bar code for use by exhibitors to identify visitors.

This new twist is in response to exhibitors who want to know who is coming to the show. Tulare is the first ag show to register attendees electronically.

The popular park and ride is back.

While parking is free at the show site, attendees are encouraged to utilize the park and ride shuttle service.

You can park at the following locations and take a comfortable Orange Belt bus to the World Ag Expo show grounds to avoid traffic congestion:

- Preferred Outlets of Tulare

- Tulare Transit Center

- Tulare Airport

- Tulare County Fairgrounds

- Visalia Mall

- Mid Valley Cotton Gin

Dress casually and wear comfortable shoes suitable for a lot of talking. May not be a bad idea to carry an umbrella.

Information booths are located throughout the show grounds to assist visitors in locating specific exhibitors and interest areas.

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