Huge Labor Day holiday crowd rolls in to enjoy Vintage Tractor Fair!
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: September 06, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
At about 11 a.m. it became obvious that many who attended the 9th Annual Santa Paula Labor Day Parade took the written advice on a vintage tractor that urged the crowd to follow it to the Ventura County Agriculture Museum, where more than 1,600 gathered to enjoy a day of displays, music and fun.
The number of people who turned out for the Vintage Tractor Fair & Kids Fun Zone surprised even museum staff, who didn’t expect the large crowd that showed up at the Railroad Avenue building formerly known as The Mill. “I think it’s way bigger than we thought it would be,” said Suzanne Soprano, the museum visitor services associate. In fact, she added, “They’ve been coming in huge groups!”
“They came in a flood when the parade ended!” said Anne Waite Thille, the museum education coordinator who noted that among the popular free attractions was the beehive that drew curious throngs of kids.
Kevin Genovese, museum director of operations for the Ventura County Agriculture Museum, said of the Vintage Tractor Fair, sponsored by Limoneira Company, that the crowd started to come so quickly that initial visitors weren’t even counted, but “We had more than 1,650 people here today.”
The event allowed visitors to not only look at dozens of restored vintage tractors owned members of the Topa Topa Flywheelers, but also allowed interaction with the owners who explained the workings of their machines, many that had putted down Main Street in the Labor Day Parade.
The Cruise Knights band was playing on the platform at the back of the museum overlooking the tractor display, and the music was reverberating through the cavernous museum where cookies were for sale and people enjoyed the free day of exhibit browsing.
Outside, gourmet food trucks were taking orders for sea bass tacos and duck burritos. And families were enjoy the low-cost fun Kids Fun Zone where for a $5 wristband inflatable jumpers could be bounced on, faces painted, pedal tractors raced or a balloon character created just for them by Catherine Olsen, a professional balloon artist.
“We’ve had the best time ever,” said Wendy Lewiston as she guided her kids to the parking lot for the ride home to Camarillo. “We came out for the Labor Day Parade and then heard about this... this whole day has been a complete blast!”
For more information about the museum, call 805-525-3100 or visit the webpage, www.venturamuseum.org. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, under 6 and members are free. The museum offers FREE general admission on First Sundays of the Month!