Characterized as a small but highly productive agricultural community in the heart of the Stanislaus River Valley, Hughson is surrounded by picturesque orchards a few miles southeast of the bustling urban center of Modesto. Best known for nut growing and associated processing companies, the community proudly hosts the Hughson Fruit and Nut Festival each spring. In spite of growth in recent years, Hughson offers a welcoming and friendly small-town atmosphere that holds a strong appeal for families. The smallest of the incorporated communities in Stanislaus County, Hughson is just north of Turlock with its state university and minutes away from the cultural and retail attractions of Modesto. The community of Ceres lies to the west.