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Over 300 attend 52nd annual Chamber ag tour 

Ag tour

The ag tour stops at the George Dana Ranch in Nipomo. Photos from the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

Over 300 people attended the 52nd Annual Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Tour on Wednesday. The guests rode in six luxury buses with two bus captains serving as tour guides in each bus. “The day was perfect weather and our six stops in South County were all terrific,” said Bob Fonarow with the organizing committee. The buses left at 8:30 a.m. from the Pioneer Museum and returned at 6 p.m.

This year’s tour of South County ag included stops at the following locations:

  • Madonna Inn Horse Arena for information on its horse breeding and horse training programs and the history of the Madonna Inn.
  • Avila Valley Barn to learn about apples, the farm stand and history of Avila Valley.
  • George Dana Ranch to learn about growing avocados, citrus, hay, raising cattle, and the history of farming in Nipomo.
  • Thousand Hills Ranch for a barbecue lunch and to learn about the breeding program for Teixeira Angus cattle in Price Canyon.
  • Talley Farms for a tour of the facility and to learn about its CSA program in Arroyo Grande
  • Wine Tasting at Farm Supply in San Luis Obispo with Baileyana and Talley Farms wines while sampling Robbins Family olive oil and balsamic vinegars, and tasting Therabee honey.


“It was one of our best tours and another great community service involvement of Paso Robles Rotary Club members,” Fonarow said. The Paso Robles Rotary Club has been a long-time bus sponsor and out of the 12 bus captains, five are members of the club including, Fonarow, Harry Ovitt, Don Campbell, Ann Cochrane, Vicki Silva. Other drivers included Howie Steinbeck, Gail Campbell, Bob Tullock, Marilyn Britton, Jesse Ryan, Kathy Blackburn and Marina Huston.

Farm Supply

At the last stop, at the Farm Supply in San Luis Obispo, guests taste wine, honey and other treats.

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