Its time to start planting those
flower and vegetable seeds for the 80thh Annual Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival.
These traditional contests from the early days
of the Harvest Festival have returned for 2017 and everyone is invited to participate.
In 1976 the Burpee Seed Company issued a catalogue
commemorating their 100th Anniversary by featuring a reproduction of their 1888
Arroyo Grande Farmers were featured in the
catalogue because they won many cash prizes for their outstanding vegetables and flowers.
At the turn of the century the prolific soils in Arroyo Grande Valley produced prize
winning bumper crops of cabbages, carrots, beans, peas, pumpkins, onions, flowers and
other crops, local Historian Doris Olsen
wrote in the Santa Maria Times.
The local farmers won so many cash
awards that they boasted they were the only valley in the world by reason of its prolific
soil to be barred from the national seed contest. (The Arroyo Grande Farmers were
banned to participate so others would have a chance to win, however they were given a
lifetime achievement award.)
. You are not barred from the growing
All ages are encouraged to join
in and compete by bringing in their vegetables, fruits, flowers, you
name it, to be judged by the Visitors to the AG Pavilion who will vote
for their favorite entry. Votes will be tallied at 1pm and winners
announced shortly thereafter. Please return to the contest area to
retrieve your entry and award (if applicable). Unclaimed entries will be
disposed of by 3pm.
We have the Greatest Soil in the World, so
lets see what we can grow!
Sign up form available at the festival, or click for
your entry form below!
For more information on the Harvest Festival visit
www.agharvestfestival.com or email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org