United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez, Chavez family members and workers under union contracts are taking part in the opening ceremony for the first Farm Worker Exhibit in the 164-year history of the California State Fair at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 16 in Sacramento. The exhibit can also be visited any day during the fair, which runs from July 14 to July 30—Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.—at Cal Expo & State Fair, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento 95815. (Ticket information is below.)
The State Fair has celebrated California agriculture since the mid-19th Century. This is the first time professional farm workers who play such a central role in the industry’s success will also be recognized.
Located in the most prominent and heavily trafficked part of the fair’s exhibit halls, the Farm Worker Exhibit honors the historical legacy of the UFW and pioneers such as Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Larry Itliong. It also highlights how the present-day farm worker movement continues serving farm workers.
Dramatic historical photos and artifacts—accompanied by captions and narratives—include articles of clothing worn by Cesar Chavez and an original of the infamous short-handled hoe. Other images and narrative will spotlight California farm workers and their progress, including union contracts that improve the lives of workers and their families as well as key legislative and regulatory victories protecting all farm workers. A specially produced video about farm workers and the exhibit will run continuously.
Northern California farm workers protected by union contracts and Cesar Chavez Foundation President Paul F. Chavez will also be at the opening event on July 16 along with state and local elected officials.
Adult daily admission (ages 13-61) is $10. Daily admission for seniors is $8, children (5-12) is $6, with children 4 and under admitted free. For more information about the 2017 California State Fair, visit http://www.castatefair.org