Now that Sarah Palin has come and gone, and it’s safe to go outdoors again, I find myself strangely drawn to the exposition that sponsored her two speeches in Redding.
The annual Forest Products and Construction Equipment Exposition at the Redding Convention Center is a show full of big-boy toys and logging derring-do. The heavy equipment on display takes many of us back to our Tonka toy days. Pretty soon, grown men are making vroom-vroom noises.
The exposition, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday, will include wildlife demonstrations, ax-throwing competitions and something called a “backhoe rodeo.” Admission is FREE.
For the schedule of events and other info, click here.
- They Fired All the Copy Editors, Part XLIV: When you visit the website for the equipment expo, be sure to take note of the official poster. It says this year’s event will be the “sixtieth-first annual” expo.
- Mark Your Calendars for Friday night, when Chico pianist Robert Bowman performs “For the Love of Beethoven” at Old City Hall in Redding. The 7:30 p.m. performance, sponsored by the Shasta County Arts Council, is FREE, but donations will be accepted.
- Movies We’ve Seen: On a whim, we hit a bargain matinee of “From Paris With Love,” the new shoot-em-up with John Travolta. Boy, what a stinker. Lots of violence, but almost no plot. Popcorn was good.
- Rules for Successful Living #37: If that French fry burns your fingers, popping it into your mouth is probably not the answer.
A journalist since 1975, Steve Brewer is the author of 16 books, most recently the thriller “Cutthroat.” He moved to Redding from New Mexico in 2003.