EVERY SEPTEMBER, nostalgia and excitement spring up in downtown Tulare as the Tulare County Fair beckons patrons of all ages to experience the odd-couple marriage of agricultural jubilee and carnival magic.
FOUNDED IN 1852 by Nathaniel Vise, who also gave the city its name, Visalia has a long, rich history that, as the first town established between Sacramento and Los Angeles, extends well beyond the Central Valley.
• This area was inhabited by the Tachi Yokut Indians for thousands of years.
• Hanford was established shortly after railroad tracks were laid through a sheep camp in 1877. The city is named for railroad executive James Madison Hanford.
THERE ARE WOODS, and then there are backwoods; camping, and then backpacking; hiking, and then mountain climbing.
• Reedley is home to about 20,500 people and is known as the Fruit Basket of the World, as it leads the nation in shipping of fresh fruit. Top producers include stone fruit, nuts and vegetables.
“Summer birding” is a concept that does not excite most birders. Spring migration is over. Most chicks have fledged. The heat of the day keeps birds docile and concealed in shady hideaways.
EACH YEAR as winter turns to spring, farmers, dignitaries and politicians from around the world descend upon little ol’ Tulare, California, for the World Ag Expo at the International Agri-Center.
ABOUT FIVE MILES southwest of Dinuba and seven miles southeast of Kingsburg is a plot of land farmed by Mike Naylor, a fourth-generation farmer of this rich Central Valley soil.
• This small, creative village east of Visalia on Highway 198 is known as “The Gateway to Sequoia National Park.”