The 2004 World Ag Expo runs Feb. 10-12 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare and opening day will be “Fresno State Day.”

Bulldogs Coach Pat Hill and California State University, Fresno President John D

Welty will make personal appearances in a special really at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10 along with select members of the Bulldog Marching Band and the Fresno State Spirit team (cheerleaders, dancers and mascot Timeout).

The day is to honor Fresno State friends and fans, said Margaret Uchita, World Ag Expo chairperson for 2004.

Anyone who wears red Fresno State clothing will get $2 off the admission price at the gate. Half of all the proceeds will donate to the university to further their programs.

“We want to blanket the showgrounds in red,” Uchita said.

Hill, whose ‘Dogs are fresh off winning the Silicon Valley Football Classic over UCLA in late December, will sign autographs during the rally at the Dodge display, located at U Street 32 and 34 at the east end of the showgrounds.

Mimi’s Café of Visalia, Budweiser and Pepsi will provide food and beverages.

After the pep rally, Hill and Welty will lead the Fresno State contingent to visit the College of Agricultural Science and Technology booths in Pavilion C (full release to come).

The World Ag Expo is the largest farm trade show in the world featuring equipment, product, technology and service sales as well as ag education. More than 1,600 companies use 2.5 million square feet of sold exhibit space.

Free seminars focus on topics such as ag terrorism, methane digesters, international trade and large-herd dairying. Special presentations are on going throughout the three days of the show

Admission is $7 per day or $18 for all three days. For more information, visit or see updates at

For more information about the World Ag Expo, calll-800-999-9186 or 1-559-688¬1751 or for directions visit