My employment at The Record predates the Stockton Asparagus festival by just a few months (I started in November of 1984, the festival began in April of 1985). So as long as I’ve been working at the paper, there has always been an Asparagus Festival. But now the festival is no more. Citing financial woes and declining attendance, the festival board voted to stop operations. This year’s event was hit particularly hard by an unseasonably strong storm that forced the closure of the festival’s first day.
In the first years of the festival it was fun to cover the event. There was always great fun, entertainment and, of course, great food to be had. But as the years wore on it became more and more difficult to find a new angle. After awhile I almost dreaded the coming of the festival. But once I was there it was always a fun thing to do — even when the weather was cold and rainy or blazing hot.