Arroyo Grande Valley
Harvest Festival


Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival
Homegrown Growing Contest
Vegetables, Flowers and Fruit

tomatoes.jpg (11311 bytes)It’s 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.
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In 1976 the Burpee Seed Company issued a catalogue commemorating their 100th Anniversary by featuring a reproduction of their 1888 seed catalogue.

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.

pumps.jpg (169244 bytes)“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.)

But…. You are not barred from the growing contests!

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.

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We have the Greatest Soil in the World, so let’s see what we can grow!

Sign up form available at the festival, or click for your entry form below!

Entry Form

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