Solano County exhibit wins awards at California State Fair

This year’s exhibit is entitled “Picture Yourself in Solano County" and pays homage to the county’s deep agricultural roots

The following article originally appeared in the Vacaville Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Once again the Solano County exhibit takes home top honors from the California State Fair.

For the 18th consecutive year, the county’s entry continues its winning streak with the Gold Award for Best Video Presentation and an honorable mention for the Best Professional Build Award.

This year’s exhibit is entitled “Picture Yourself in Solano County.”

It pays homage to the county’s deep agricultural roots and features many of the things that make Solano unique, from produce to nuts to candies and craft beers.

The idea was simple, organizers said, and the product turned out very special.

And also very photogenic.

So feel free to grab your friends and take some snaps — or perhaps a selfie or two —in front of the exhibit.

Extra special this year is a cherry red 1960 International Harvester 340 Utility tractor.

“The tractor, on loan from Joe McKim, a farmer in Dixon, is still used to this day to cut hay, pull a bailer and disc the ground on his 160-acre ranch,” advised Matt Davis, county spokesman, in a press statement. “Not surprisingly, the tractor is also featured in many family photos — serving as a beautiful centerpiece — and as a unique reminder of Solano County’s rich agricultural history.”

There’s a lot going on in the exhibit. Just take a moment to soak it all in.

Pick up a brochure to learn more about what the county has to offer and chat with the gregarious volunteers for more insight.

Don’t forget to squirrel away some Jelly Belly samples to snack on at the exhibit, or perhaps later in the day.

As well, visitors are asked to lend a hand in helping more people learn about Solano County by adding the hashtag #SolanoCounty to selfies when posting to Facebook and Instagram.

The fair runs through July 28 at Cal Expo in Sacramento. Click here for more information.