If you’ve ever wondered how California became an agriculture giant, look no further. The California Agriculture Museum and Event Center of Woodland delves deep into the history of the machines that helped make it happen and with a twist of entertainment interesting and fun for all ages.
As you enter Woodland via highway 5 there is an old caterpillar tractor visible from the highway offering a mere glimpse of what lies within a treasure field of rich California history. The Ag museum is adorned with tractors, machines, and harvesters of all sizes, all with descriptions of their history and function. My four-year-old son was beyond thrilled to take the tour of this grand space on his own set of Case tractor wheels readily available at the entrance. And as we journeyed through the spacious maze of agricultural machines, the monster tractors impressed him the most. As for me, it was the 1926 Fordson Snow Mobile, used for carrying freight and mail at 12 miles per hour through those daunting Truckee winters. For the entertainment of young ones is a play area equipped with fun farm related books, corn hole games, and mini john deer rideable tractors. And throughout the museum are educational movies and displays reminding us of the connection between machine, farmer and animal. It’s very intriguing to see how the pieces originally fit together to make California one of the biggest agricultural contributors.
A great event to add to this already historic treasure will happen on March 18th from 10am -2pm, when The Tractor Family Fest rolls into the Ag Museum located in this quaint, yet bustling, farm town of Woodland, a mere 20-minute drive from downtown Sacramento. The event will have monster tractors, an antique Cat 10 for the kids to climb on, an expanded kids zone with craft bar and face painting by Whimsy, not to mention tractor engines galore! With live music by The Putah Creek Crawdads, performances by The Blue Canyon Gang Gunslingers,popcorn, shaved ice, cotton candy, beverages, and two food trucks, Drewski’s and We Cook for You, it will be a day to remember! And as if that wasn’t enough, for the art lover, there will be photography by Wayne Carson and Jeff Jeffries, and a mural paying tribute to the Heidrick’s, the family who brought it all here.
As a Sacramento native I feel lucky to have stumbled upon this. Not only is it a great museum site, reflecting on the farming and agricultural community of years gone by, it’s also a great venue for events such as weddings, trade shows, meetings, and birthdays. In fact, I can’t think of a better place to hold my son’s 5th birthday!
Want to win tickets to this fun event on Saturday, March 18? The folks at the ag museum have given us a family pack of four tickets to give away to one lucky reader. To be eligible to win the tickets, take a look at the California Agriculture Museum’s website here http://www.californiaagmuseum.org/, and tell us what year the Heidrick family began collecting tractors. Leave your answer in the comment section below by Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 5pm. A winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, March 10. Good luck!
What: Tractor Family Fest
Where: California Agriculture Museum, 1962 Hays Lane, Woodland, CA 95776. 530-666-9700
When: Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 10am to 2pm
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 children, FREE for children under 5 years