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Business Crackin’ for a record long time at Colusa Farm Show

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Members of the Lincoln FFA Club observe the nutcracking machine operations.

Members of the Lincoln FFA Club observe the nutcracking machine operations.

davbuilt3Clarence and Jan Davidson were the first people to sign up for the Colusa Farm Show 44 years ago. Their marriage is going strong after 53 years. Clarence and Jan are known for being the longest attending vendors since The Colusa Farm Show’s opening.

Clarence told me a couple of years ago, his wife didn’t attend, so he told her, “this year I’m giving away Gideons again” (meaning New Testament bibles) in addition to his regular selling nutcrackers. “I knew that would get her to come with me again.”

Clarence, owner of his privately held Davebilt Company manufactures a table rotary nutcracker,  high leverage crackers and nut gleaning tools.

A visiting orchardist from Butte City, named Sheldon told me his boys (Skyler and Caleb) are influencing him to make a purchase. It was clear the machine works quickly, and makes a crunchy noise that makes the activity really seem fun.

A father and visiting orchardist from Butte City told me his boys (Skyler and Caleb pictured) are influencing him to make a purchase. It was clear the machine works quickly, and makes a crunchy noise that makes the activity really seem fun.

The rotary nutcracker is a popular novelty for youth and old alike. All day at the show people couldn’t help but want to the crank the it.  Each and every unit is hand-built by Clarence.  “I have 30 other vendors selling my product, two of which sell online, but I am the only builder.”

Clarence and Jan are an easy find just across from the Capital Press Booth #39 at the Colusa Farm Show.

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Colusa Farm Show is the longest running farm show in California.

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Written by gettheconcept

February 5, 2009 at 4:01 am

Posted in Farm and Ranch

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