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County Historical Museum Introducing ‘Tractor Fest’
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Tractors … big tractors, small tractors, tractors of all sizes will be on display at the San Joaquin County Tractor Fest; a fun event filled with tractors from all over the region. Tractor Fest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum in Micke Grove Park. Offerings include a tractor parade held at 11:30 a.m., activities for the kids, local food truck, and the museum buildings will be open to enjoy throughout the day. Festival organizers are seeking out local tractor owners to enter their tractors and participate in the event.

“San Joaquin County Tractor Fest helps increase knowledge of our region’s history of innovation. The industrial revolution in San Joaquin County changed the world forever through the development of the crawler tractor, the bulldozer, and numerous specialty-crop harvesters,” stated Phillip Merlo, Executive Director of the SJC Historical Society and Museum. “The tractor show and parade and educational booths celebrate that rich heritage.”

Admission and parking for members is free. Admission for non-members is $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens and military; $5 for youth ages six to 17; and those up to age five are admitted free. Parking at Micke Grove Park is $6.

Tractor Fest is presented by the California Oliver Cletrac Club and San Joaquin County Historical Museum. Openings for tractors are still available. To enter your Tractor, Museum Membership sign up is required, and parking fees for tractor owners will be waived. Entries are due by Monday, Oct. 18. Call Evan Hust at 209-331-2055 or email for entry details.

The San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum reveals the rich heritage of the region, from the Miwok and Yokuts Indians through Charles Weber (founder of Stockton and first farmer in the area) and the development of modern agriculture. The Museum has eight exhibit buildings and four historic buildings. It is home to the very popular Valley Days, an award-winning living history educational program for third, fourth and fifth graders. The 18-acre grounds include the Sunshine Trail living exhibition of native habitats and the Delta Water Path.