UPBEAT ENTERTAINMENT ~ SONOMA COUNTY & BEYOND 8th annual National Heirloom Expo is Near! by Kathy McFarland ~Media and Public Relations’ Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Derek Irving & His Combo

Live Music!

Sonoma County, CA. ~ The greatest heirloom food event of all times is coming to So- noma County in September. The National Heirloom Expo- sition debuted in 2011 and has continued to bring heir- loom gardeners, food- ies,

folks, homesteaders, and all

sustainable eco-friendly

living people

to Santa Rosa. Dubbed the World’s Fair of Pure Food, the Expo draws interest from all over the world.

National Heirloom Expo will

The 8th annual bring excitement

to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Septem- ber 11, 12, and 13. One of the highlights and most photographed aspects of the Expo is the giant squash tower. Several tons of squash are used to cre- ate the gigantic tower that rises upward to 20 feet and contains as many as 350 varieties of cu- curbits of all sizes, shapes and colors.

At the end of the fes-

tivities on Thursday evening, the squashes are auctioned off to attendees eager to take home specimens for eating and/or seed saving.

The giant pumpkin contest

attracts the largest pumpkins grown from miles around.

With the weigh-off being con- ducted by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, several thou- sand dollars of prize money is given to growers of the giant pumpkins.

fl owers. If the great dahlia show The enticement of

doesn’t provide enough beauty for attendees, the Art of the Heirloom surely will. Hudson Valley Seed Company spon- sors an heirloom art contest and gallery show.

Artists who

draw, paint, carve, embroider, collage, print, or etch images related to heirloom heirloom


may enter, as all me- diums are accepted except for photogra- phy.

One would expect to taste great food at an event referred to as the world’s fair of pure food. Join- ing the ever-popular

a $500 bonus if the winning pumpkin weighs over 1,700 pounds has growers trucking in their large pumpkins from local farms, as well as several miles away.

When it comes to beauty, nothing is more dazzling than the popular dahlia show with is magnifi cent and colossal blooms in multitudes of hues. With categories for both novice and expert growers, the dahlia show draws gardeners from far and wide to showcase their

watermelon tasting of the past, tomato tasting is being added this year. Attendees will enjoy tasting watermelon and tomato varieties of all sizes and colors of both watermelons and toma- toes.

Children have always been a part of the National Heirloom Exposition since its inception. Kids’ participation is even a greater part of the 2018 event. Rather than having a kids’ day as in the past, “kids’ day” now ... continued on page 21

The Entire Summer! Car Show Every Friday Night!

Join us at 527 4th Street in Santa Rosa on August 15, 2018 from 7:30-10:30pm for a night of dinner, hand craft- ed cocktails, dancing and a live performance by Derek Irving & His Combo. - No Cover Charge ~ Rockabilly ~Info: Jana Duncan ~ E-mail:

UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • August 2018 • 17 Weird Facts & Trivia - 4

Sometimes it pays to check out the local talent when you go to the fair. Legend has it that Elvis Presley sang in the youth talent show at the Mississippi- Alabama Fair and Dairy Show, and not only did he not win, he actually came in fi fth place. But the King was only 10 at the time, so he still had a lot of room for improvement.

The Minnesota State Fair is known for its culinary opulence, and in 2014, a woman ate one of every single food on a stick at the fair. When she tallied it all up, she’d eaten 93 different things to raise awareness for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Every Friday night, George Fiori and friends throw a great Car show and fun get- together party at Larkfi eld Shopping Center in Santa Rosa. The event is FREE and usually attracts well over 40 classic and vintage cars from collectors around Sonoma County! Enter you car for FREE! Win- ner receives plaque and random gifts! Call George at Fioris Buns & Burgers at 707-546-6835

A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life.” ~ Roy T. Bennett UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • August 2018 • 17

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