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Asparagus Festival May Have to Move from Downtown Stockton

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stockton's Asparagus Festival has just celebrated its 28th year, but the festival may have to move out of its downtown location or even close altogether.

Downtown Stockton has hosted the Asparagus Festival for the past 10 years.

Last year, the city contributed more than $300,000 in services such as police security for the festival.

The festival paid the city about $100,000.

But now Stockton is bankrupt, and can't afford that kind of math.

Festival President Wes Rhea says moving the festival to the Stockton Fairgrounds is one option.

RHEA: "Everybody I talked to, please don't let it leave downtown, so obviously  that's our goal is to keep it here and not move it."

At this year's festival, Lourdes Sosa said she would be disappointed if the festival moved away from downtown.

SOSA: "Oh my goodness, I think it's better here, more family oriented, easy to get here."

But if the Festival can't make enough money for its charities, then a Stockton tradition may come to an end.

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