Taking Tulare County to the Academy Awards

FRESNO, Calif.

Tulare County has breath-taking views and beautiful scenery depicting the Valley's rich agriculture. Eric Coyne from the Tulare County Film Commission hopes these views and some of Tulare County's proud local products, are some of the main attractions for stars at this year's Academy Awards.

The Tulare County Film Commission has a coveted spot at a pre-Oscar party and is hoping to rub shoulders with many in the film-making industry.

Coyne said, "Everybody that's a movie buff wants to see the movie stars but really what we're focused on is the movie producers and location managers and people who make a decision on where to film a shot that's where our opportunity is."

Lindsay native Suzi Picaso is the marketing and event coordinator for the Borgnine Group, which is putting on a star-studded red carpet pre-Oscar gifting suite on Saturday night. One free gift celebrities will get -- Bari Olive Oil manufactured in Dinuba.

Celebrities will not only get a sample of olive oil they'll also get some pistachios from Sutton Pistachio in Terra Bella, Essential Potion, which is a natural home spray made in Tulare, and Oscar-shaped cookies from Sweet Confections in Lindsay.

As celebrities like Sean Penn and others who have worked with actor Ernest Borgnine come to the suite, they'll see photos of some of Tulare County's picturesque settings, and get some tasty samples.

Picaso and the Tulare County Film Commission head down to Hollywood at the end of the week. The Oscars airs this Sunday on ABC30.

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