Enjoy a day filled with agricultural activities and free entertainment for the whole family! The International Agri-Center will host its first Ag-Fest event on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Tulare, California. The event will include a 5K run, food demonstrations and a performance by 2011 America's Got Talent musician, Ryan Andreas.

To encourage children to stay active, the day will begin with a non-competitive 5K run at 7:30 a.m. and Family Fun Run at 8 a.m. Participants who register online by Oct. 3 will receive a t-shirt on the day of the event. The first winner in the male, female and children's categories will be awarded. Cost to enter is $15 for adults and $10 for children.

An Iron Chef style 4-H cooking competition will begin at 10 a.m. The event challenges 4-H members to compete against each other using a secret ingredient given to them on the day of the event. Awards will be given to the top three teams.

In keeping with the healthy living theme of the event, local chefs will host cooking demonstrations about healthy eating habits and healthy eating on the go.

Attendees are encouraged to visit the AgVentures! Learning Center and Antique Tractor Museum. Visitors can learn to make butter and fresh squeezed orange juice in the learning center and take a look at fully restored antique tractors, implements and other farm equipment showcased in the museum.


The Tulare-Kings California Women for Agriculture will present Down on the Farm, an area with free activities, games, a bounce house and a petting farm. Children can participate in scarecrow making and a pumpkin decorating contest.

The afternoon will end with musical performances at Ag-Fest Unplugged from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy performances from local musicians and 2011 America's Got Talent contestant, Ryan Andreas. PD

—From International Agri-Center news release