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Stockton's Asparagus Festival Comes To An End


Since 1986 the Stockton Asparagus Festival has been the premier event for the city.

Crowds of 90-100,000 people flocked to the festival for deep fried asparagus, asparagus pasta, asparagus burritos and sandwiches, and even asparagus ice cream.

But Festival Board Member Doug Wilhoit says expenses climbed and average crowds of 100,000 dropped dramatically.

"Last year was about 75,000 people, this year 55,000 so we lost about 50 percent over the two year period, that certainly hurts," Wilhoit says.

Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Wes Rhea says the Asparagus Festival was an important part of this city and its history.

"It's really defined us in many ways as our signature event since the 80's. It's a sad day for Stockton, but we should be proud of what we accomplished."

And what the festival accomplished was to raise over 6 million dollars for nonprofits and charities whose thousands of volunteers worked at the festival to make it succeed.

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Press Release - Asparagus Festival 6-10-14

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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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