The Best Show

How fertile is your imagination? Do you ever wonder what life on the farm was like long ago? Have you ever wanted to experience the feel, smell, and noises of long-forgotten agricultural and construction equipment powered by horses, mules, steam, and diesel? Do the tractors and harvesters displayed at the San Joaquin Historical Museum suddenly come to life when you visit—sort of like in the movie Night at the Museum?

If so, the Best Show Harvest Spectacular 2011 will interest you. The Best Show is a three-day event in Woodland, California, that starts this Friday, July 1, and lasts through Sunday, July 3. Activities at the show will include plowing, harvesting, threshing, and binding demonstrations by horse, mule, steam, and diesel-powered machinery, as well as the operation of classic construction equipment. Other scheduled features will include a horse camp, tractor parades and games, and children’s activities.

The gates for the Best Show open at 7 a.m. Admission is five dollars for visitors age twelve years and older. Activities will take place at the Wallace Ranch, north of Woodland and east of Nelson’s Grove, at 14954 County Road 100b. For additional information, visit the Show’s Web site at

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