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'This is great for us' | Local businesses reap benefits as Farm-to-Fork Festival draws thousands

The 2019 Farm-to-Fork Festival has kicked off and brought with it tens of thousands of visitors that local businesses can't wait to meet.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The 2019 Farm to Fork Festival has kicked off in downtown Sacramento with two days of celebrating the region's rich history of farming. However, amid the celebration, the festival also helps local businesses get exposure. 

“For us this is sort of a celebration of our heritage and who we’ve always been," said Kari Mitkis with Visit Sacramento, the event organizer. "We’ve always been an agricultural community and this is a way for all of us to come together and kind of meet the people who are making us America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.”

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Phil Ogilvine with Silt Wine Company is a fourth generation farmer from Clarksburg. He says the tens of thousands of visitors this festival draws is crucial. 

“We wanna make sure that Sacramento knows where we are, knows that we exist, and it’s so close," Ogilvie said. 

Josh Wolfson just started a locally sourced Popsicle company, Wolfpops, in June. He says this festival will be important for introducing the public to his products and getting his company name out there. 

“This festival is our biggest sales event of the summer for sure, and it’s not just the sales," Wolfson said. "30,000 people are supposed to come today, 100,000 tomorrow. It’s a huge opportunity for the brand to get exposed to Sacramento and for people to learn what we’re all about and try our product. So, this is great for us.”

The free public festival goes through 6 p.m. on Saturday evening.

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