Stockton Asparagus Festival is over
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Jun 10, 2014 | 6617 views | 1 1 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Asparagus spears are packed for shipment March 19, 2013, at A.M. Farms on Union Island, north of Tracy. The Stockton Asparagus Festival, an annual celebration of the springtime crop, was canceled Tuesday by its board of directors after a 29-year run.  Press file photo
Asparagus spears are packed for shipment March 19, 2013, at A.M. Farms on Union Island, north of Tracy. The Stockton Asparagus Festival, an annual celebration of the springtime crop, was canceled Tuesday by its board of directors after a 29-year run. Press file photo
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The Board of the Directors of the Stockton Asparagus Festival announced in a news release Tuesday that the board was ending the 29-year tradition immediately.

According to the release, members of the board met with the city of Stockton and San Joaquin County in the weeks following the end of the most recent festival April 27 and decided to cancel the yearly event.

The release offered no direct reason for the cancellation, except that “the decision was made due to multiple circumstances and conditions that prevent the board and all those involved to fulfill one of the missions of the Festival, which is to provide much needed revenue to over 100 local nonprofit organizations who depend on the Festival to help bolster their community efforts.”

The Asparagus Festival started in 1986 and attracted more than 1 million visitors through the years.

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Wobbley
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June 13, 2014
Wouldn't it have been better to trim the list of special interests syphoning the profit out of the festival coffers?

Was the primary goal to service them or promote Stockton businesses? I think the priorities are a little off.


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