I’m targeting my post du jour towards the folks living in my neck of the woods today – the Antelope Valley. Because guess what? I drive “down below” to the San Fernando Valley and downtown LA areas at least 2 times a week, so in my humble opinion, the Angelinos reading my post can make their way up to the high desert every now and then 🙂 It’s only a 45 minute drive. You spend that much time commuting 10 miles to work every day, so deal with it!
Anyway, about a week ago, my husband and I were in Quartz Hill dropping a few things off to mail at their post office. As the nice postal worker figured out how much we owed, I noticed a stack of promotional postcards advertising the 64th Annual Almond Blossom Festival.
What’s an almond blossom festival, you ask? Well, for starters, it’s a celebration of Quartz Hill culture. As recently as the ’70s, the Quartz Hill area was an agricultural hub for producing almonds. Although the diversion of its water supply to a rapidly growing Los Angeles and the transition of local industry towards Lockheed Martin and Rockwell caused a massive halting of almond production, the area still cherishes its history through the annual festival.
Each year, the Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce hosts the beloved (and free!) Almond Blossom Festival which features a carnival, live music, live dancers, food, venders, etc. This year’s festival will take place at George Lane Park on March 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th.
Here’s a video of the event from 2011:
While Thursday will feature a mixer at Rancho Raveri Almond Gifts, and the carnival will run from 10am to 8pm on Friday, I’m definitely going on Saturday and the reason is these two little words: Pet Parade. Um, yes please! How am I going to resist a bunch of adorable, furry creatures walking down the road? It’s at 8:30am but you can bet your last dollar that I will be hauling myself out of bed for that.
If the pets don’t do it for you, there’s a “real” parade at 9:30am. The festival and carnival are open to the public beginning at 10am both Saturday and Sunday. The festival runs until 5pm but the carnival stays open until 8pm. While you’re there, be sure to stop and appreciate the live music of band like The Cosmopolitans and the Back in the Day Band, amongst others. You may also get to enjoy a live performance by Dance Evolution or the AV Dance Studio.
Looks like it’s shaping up to be a pretty fun weekend!