Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Day 2 in Tulare winding down

The second day of the 2006 World Ag Expo is almost at an end. The crowds on the grounds are thinning and the long lines of traffic away from the International Agri-Center are growing on a day highlighted by the visit of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The international action-movie star was perhaps a fitting guest on a day that highlighted seminars on international trade.

The Wednesday session of the 2006 Expo still enjoyed sunny weather, but cooler, more seasonal temperatures have returned to Tulare, after a week of decidedly spring-like weather. Even many of the fruit and nut trees throughout the valley give the illusion of spring with their buds bursting into bloom.

But chillier, more blustery weather has returned, with temperatures in the 50s. Weather forecasters are calling for an even cooler day for Thursday's final day of the Expo.

By walking around the grounds today it was easy to get the impression that people came to buy things today. On Tuesday it was possible to see many people carrying a bag or two of booty from the giveaways being offered at the various exhibitors’ booths. But today there were many more people carrying more and larger bags, tool boxes, tree spikes and assortment of other farm or garden goods.

Sweatshirts at the souvenir booths were also popular on this chilly day.

But the governor's visit undoubtedly caused the most excitement of the day. Schwarzenegger was also responsible for the faux paux of the day.

During remarks to the large crowd gathered around the Reynolds International booth where Schwarzenegger spoke, the governor was introducing some of the other dignitaries who were part of the formal entourage.

He mistakenly referred to World Ag Expo Chairman Erin Ferguson as "she" during his remarks.

Well, that's it from Tulare today. We'll check in again tomorrow for the final day of the World Ag Expo.

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