Ripon Almond Blossom Festival & Parade
Ages: 2 and up
Cost: Prices vary depending on activity
Parking: Yes - $5
Features: Stroller Friendly, Snack Stand, Restrooms, Family Friendly, Dog Friendly, First Aid Station, Picnic Area, Port-a-potty
The San Joaquin Valley is synonymous with California's finest stone fruit growers, and the small, historic town of Ripon celebrates that with its annual Almond Blossom Festival. The festival, which takes place during the last weekend of February, is a four-day family affair and is a classic country fair type event.
The annual spaghetti feed and the pancake breakfasts benefit the local community's charity clubs and associations; the Saturday morning parade through old town Ripon features the one and only Almond Blossom Queen as its guest of honor; a fun run or an 8K run is hosted on Saturday to work off all the delicious food and nut treats consumed; arts and craft booths, carnival rides and kid's events round out the weekend. The carnival is held in a dirt field, so strollers can get around but you may want to bring your jogging stroller! Also dogs are allowed, on a leash.
Reviewed on 02/28/2011
I wasn't too impressed with the parade. First off it was really cold out, and that seemed to keep viewers at home. Second, the parade was scheduled to start at 11am, it really started closer to 11:45, which is a LONG wait in the cold! Last, there was nothing super exciting in the parade; local queens, homecoming court, horses, cars, clowns, a few bands. The upside; Pizza Plus and the Coffee place on Main Street had hot drinks and food...more