Blast from the past: Asparagus memories

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.

Now that the festival won’t be around any more, like a lot of people I am going to miss it. Here are a few of my favorite photos from over the years at the festival.

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    Clifford Oto

    Clifford Oto, an award-winning photographer, has been with The Record since 1984. Through the changes from black and white to digital photography, he’s kept his focus on covering the events, people and life of San Joaquin county. This blog deals ... Read Full
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