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Tulare World Ag Expo Expected to Bring Boost to Local Businesses

The 48th annual World Ag Expo begins Tuesday in Tulare. About 100,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event. It’s the largest farm show in the world.

As the World Ag Expo gets ready to open its doors to visitors from all over the world, local businesses are also welcoming the event as a boon to the economy.

"We look forward to it. We staff heavily, we expect to busy–it happens every year. We plan for it, absolutely," said Brent Robinson, a manager at Brewbakers Brewing Company in downtown Visalia.

The international event attracts people from all over the word.

"It’s a great opportunity to meet people," Robinson said. "We make a lot of money for sure. It definitely impacts us downtown."

Several local hotels are already sold out.

Exhibitor Jordan Ruzicka, who traveled from the Midwest, booked his hotel reservation a year in advance. It’s the extra business from visitors like him who are having a positive impact on the local economy.

"We’ll definitely be going to the restaurants," Ruzicka said. "Usually, we go out for a meal and some drinks."

Over at Crawdaddy’s restaurant and bar in Visalia, owner Keith Korsgadem expects a full house this week, and he expects to see some familiar faces.

"I look forward every year to this week to see these people who come every year and make a habit of coming to our place," Korsgadem said.

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