World Ag Expo brings in big money for Tulare County economy as crowds return

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TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KGPE) – Crowds have returned to the world’s largest agriculture show in Tulare after the pandemic forced it to be held online last year. 

With in-person attendance returning, tourism dollars are once again pouring back into the community too. 

The Tulare Chamber of Commerce says having the World Ag Expo back in person brings money not just to Tulare and the Central Valley, but the state as a whole.

For businesses in Tulare, the World Ag Show is about far more than tractors, trailers, and the latest farm gear.

“It’s like a second Christmas!” explained Melina Maack, the owner of La Piazza Italian Restaurant.

For Maack, the boost in business they see during the Ag show helps her bottom line, and her employees pay their bills.

“Yeah 3 to 4 times busier, we buy so much produce and milk projects,” Maack said.  

Tulare Chamber President Donette Silva Carter says with the Ag show returning in…

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