The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds is one of the treasures of the Central Coast—providing a unique venue for recreation, education, science, sports, and charitable activities that enrich our community. It is utilized by companies, schools and community groups year-round.
11th Annual Day On The Farm, May 18th With Ice Cream Making, Butter Churning, Sheep Shearing, Games, and more!
The Agricultural History Project is hosting the Annual Day On The Farm to celebrate the history of good old-fashioned farming on Saturday, May 18 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Highway 152 outside Watsonville. This event is FREE! Donations appreciated. Bring your whole neighborhood to participate!
“The kids – and the adults – all love making ice cream, churning butter, trying out milking our practice cows, and the hayrides pulled by Clydesdales!” said Gloria Van Dierendonck, co-organizer along with Lynne Grossi for the event this year.
The tractor rodeo will be at 1:00 pm with trophies and ribbons! And a team of Clydesdale draft horses will be giving hayrides between 11:00 am and 2 pm.
Children and adults will be able to grind corn, pump water, churn butter, make ice cream, watch sheep shearing, play old-fashioned games with stilts and hoops, chalk drawing, and all the other activities we will have available! We’re also gathering stories this year from all ages on your experiences and thoughts about farming.
“Day on the Farm is one of our biggest events of the year. People of all ages have a great time participating in everything we have set up, as well as wandering through the exhibits on the history of agriculture here in Pajaro Valley.” said John Kegebein, CEO of the Agricultural History Project.
You can walk over to the Pajaro Valley Chamber Car and Motorcycle Show and take a look at all the pre-1973 cars and trucks and any-year motorcycles that have been brought to the show.
And when you get hungry you can purchase delicious BBQ sausages, hot dogs, drinks, and sweets from the Santa Cruz County Fair Heritage Foundation.
The Agricultural History Project revitalizes our connection with farms and ranches by creating fun events for families, stimulating discussions on current issues, and thoughtful displays of our history with the land. Look for additional annual events such as Yesterday’s Farm during the Santa Cruz County Fair in September.
The Santa Cruz County Fair Heritage Foundation raises funds and conducts public relations activities on behalf of the Santa Cruz County Fair and it’s programs – making it possible for our county to enjoy the fun and community of an old-fashioned fair.