SACRAMENTO — Yolo County Ex”Seeds” the Rest, especially at the California State Fair.
This year, Yolo County won a gold medal for the county’s exhibit presentation and a blue ribbon for Best Agricultural Presentation.
The theme this year is “Yolo County Ex’Seeds’ the Rest.” The exhibit features a variety of landmarks across Yolo County, many of which are colored with local seeds and grains. A tractor at the center of the exhibit has rolling wheels and vibrant “paint” made of lentils, poppy seeds, white rice, caraway seeds and black beans.
The exhibit showcases Yolo County’s rapidly growing seed industry, highlighting the top 10 crops in Yolo County across the exhibit. Outdoor and agricultural highlights such as hiking, farm stands and wildlife are also featured.
Mark and Janet Gaffney built the exhibit along with Dirk Brazil, assistant county administrator, and Alyssa Manprin, executive assistant to the county administrator, who supported the project. The exhibit is the product of $6,500 and two months of work.
Many of the seeds were donated by local contributors, including Cal/West Seeds, Eureka Seeds Inc., Pacific International Rice Mills and the Yolo County Visitors Bureau.
Lauren McClain, a resident of Yolo County, admired this year’s booth during a visit to the fair Thursday.
“Yolo’s always the best,” McClain said. “They’re a county you can always count on.”