32-ton tree showcases Valley’s ag history

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A tree weighing in at 32-plus tons tells the story of the Valley’s rich agricultural history through the equipment that made it possible.

The Big Fresno Fair debuted the “Tractor Tree” in 2018. There are no leaves- but over 20 tractors and hundreds of tractor parts, some over a century old.

Big Fresno Fair CEO John Alkire came up with the idea after the Smithsonian deemed 2018 the “Year of the Tractor.” Over one year later, the tree was unveiled at the fairgrounds. Part of the process was finding equipment from long-time farmers from all across the Valley.

“We were very blessed to have a lot of the families that have been here for over centuries allow us to go in through their graveyards and pick up their treasures to add to the tree,” Alkire said.

The ”Tractor Tree” was chosen to be featured in Ripley’s ”Believe It or Not!” Fall 2019 book. 

“It’s a dream come true for me,” Alkire said.

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