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Enjoy San Joaquin Valley Living


Dec 28, 2018 11:00AM ● By Kerri Regan

Editor's Pick

January 2019
By Kerri Regan and Ronda Alvey 


• Selma is the Raisin Capital of the World. On 200,000 acres in the Central Valley, the 3,000 California raisin growers produce all of the raisins in the United States – some 350,000 tons annually.

• Famous people who have called Selma home include poet William Everson, author Victor Davis Hanson and Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox.

• In Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road,” a character referred to as “the Mexican girl” lives in Selma, which is referred to as Sabinal in the book. She was inspired by Beatrice Kozera, who grew up in Selma while her family worked in the fields.

• Selma sits at the crossroads of State Routes 99 and 43 and was incorporated in 1896, shortly after four farmers partnered up to establish a town site. Its first industry was wheat farming, then it became the “Home of the Peach,” and eventually gave way to the grape vineyards that now blanket the land.

Things to do in SELMA:

Raisin a Ruckus: Selma celebrates its designation as the Raisin Capital of the World each May during the annual Raisin Festival. Admission is free, and the event features a carnival, entertainment, food booths, coronation of Raisin Royalty and more. 

Building Up Business: Team Selma is an economic development partnership that includes public and private organizations, which works collaboratively to welcome new business owners and developers.

All About the Arts: Selma Arts Center celebrates local artists who provide theatre and artistic experiences in the community. The arts center showcases dramatic, visual, literary and musical arts and reflects Selma’s diverse interests.

They’re the Bomb: Bomb Tacos and Beer is new to Selma’s landscape, but their grub is already making its mark. The street tacos and crispy tacos are earning rave reviews, and if you’re extra hungry, try the Bomb Taco – we’ll finish it for you if you don’t like it.

Things to do in SELMA:

Treasure Hunting: High Street Boutique is a delightful spot to hunt for vintage items. The selection changes frequently and they rotate their inventory for the holidays.

Strike!: Freeway Lanes Bowling Center offers wholesome fun for the whole family. If you’re looking for some Friday night fun, check out Rock and Glow Bowling.

So Sweet: Locals say Aimee’s is the place to go if you need to order a custom cake, cupcakes or specialty desserts. They always have a variety of scrumptious gourmet cupcakes in their cases to choose from. Stop here first to pick up one to eat while you stroll the shops on High Street!    

On the map: SELMA:

1. W.H. Shafer Park includes ballfields, a playground, basketball and volleyball courts, picnic spots, a walking trail and more.

2. Sun-Maid Growers of California is the largest raisin and dried fruit processor in the world.

3. Max’s Brunch House Café is a cozy, homey diner where you’ll get your money’s worth. Check out the chili verde fries.

4. Selma’s Cattlemens is one of eight ranching family-owned steakhouses in California. Their mouth watering steak selections and old west atmosphere is what makes them a valley favorite. Be sure to make reservations if you're short on time but visitors say the food and hospitality is well worth the wait!