In California's Santa Rosa, we paid a visit to the National Heirloom Exhibition, a non-for-profit three-day event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables and anti-GMO activism held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
The expo is claimed to be the world's largest pure food fair. Farmers and markets bought fresh flowers, fruits vegetables and poultry to sell on the day. There was also a range of books, artwork, seeds, gardening tools on sale. Organic drinks and cooked food encouraged visitors to stay browsing all day.
Most impressive were the exquisite "agricultural artworks." The Hall of Flowers featured a piece entitled "The Mountain," created by piles of various shapes and sizes of pumpkins and gourds. Behind the exhibit the winners of the Giant Pumpkin Contest were displayed, the winner weighed in at at least 1,000 pounds. Various kinds of peppers, chillies, melons, tomatoes and pumpkins were on display on the very long tables, amusing the visitors with many unknown and extraordinary varieties that are rarely found in daily life.
We happened to meet the a school group on their first day of visiting the expo. The children are transported to the event by school buses and were so excited and clamored around in the display area. The expo drew over 10,000 people from around America and beyond.
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The Heirloom Exhibition opens at 11:00 sharp.
Flowers sold at the expo
Fruits and vegatable sold at the expo
Pumpkins and gourds stacked up
Winners of the Giant Pumpkin Contest
Various kinds of pumpkins on display
Various kinds of fruits and vegetables on display
Various kinds of peppers on display
Vendors carve watermelons to create a sculpture.