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June 11, 2013
Line up for 'cue and activities at Back to the Farm

bbq ribs.JPGGet out of the city and take a ride through the country this Saturday. Destination: the Back to the Farm barbecue and celebration on a peaceful 200-acre walnut grove.

What's happening? How about a feast of spareribs, pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs and homemade side dishes, and a pie-eating contest - good practice for Father's Day on Sunday.

Plus: orchard rides on a tractor and a Model-T Ford; displays of hot rods, classic cars, a 1921 firetruck, and vintage farm equipment and machinery; demonstrations and hands-on activities; and country crafts, farmers market and DJ music. Buy a bag of walnuts and give the mechanical "walnut cracker" a workout.

The good times will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Farm on Highway 20, Farmlan Road, Meridian. Information: (916) 933-4056, (916) 933-4107, www.benalishrine.org. Cost: $5 per "wheel." For instance, $20 per car, $10 per motorcycle. Back to the Farm will benefit the Ben Ali Shriners.

One way to get there: Highway 99 north toward Yuba City, then scenic Highway 20 west to Meridian, finding Farmlan Road when you arrive.

For the best scenic drive, the organizers suggest another route; see it on the Back to the Farm Facebook page.

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