Countdown to Almond Blossom Parade and Festival!

The Almond Blossom Festival began in 1949 as a way to celebrate the first signs of spring. This years event is expected to draw up to 4,000 people, organizers said. (Contributed photos)

The Almond Blossom Festival began in 1949 as a way to celebrate the first signs of spring. This year’s event is expected to draw up to 4,000 people, organizers said. (Contributed photos)

QUARTZ HILL – All roads will lead to Quartz Hill this upcoming weekend for the 64th annual Almond Blossom Parade and Festival.

This year’s event, themed “Almond Blossom… Springtime in Quartz Hill,” is expected to draw thousands of attendees to George Lane Park for food, live music, a carnival, local vendors, a beer garden, a classic car show and more, according to organizers.

“It’s strictly a community event that’s fun for all,” said event director Dennis Bogard, adding that the event is open to the entire community.

“We’re the only free festival in the Antelope Valley. We don’t charge for admission and we don’t charge for parking,” Bogard continued.

The event takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (March 8, 9 & 10) at George Lane Park, located at 55th Street West and Avenue L-8 in Quartz Hill.

A carnival of rides and games opens from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, but the Almond Blossom Parade and Festival officially kicks off on Saturday, Bogard said.

Parade routeFestivities on Saturday begin at 9:30 a.m. with a Pet Parade that starts as 50th Street West and Columbia Way (Avenue M) in Quartz Hill.

The Pet Parade will be followed by the Almond Blossom Parade at 10 a.m. featuring numerous floats, classic cars, marching bands and community queens. Both parades will travel north on 50th Street West and then west on Avenue L-8, ending at George Lane Park and marking the official beginning of the 64th annual Almond Blossom Festival, Bogard said.

Seven bands will perform live throughout the course of the festival, and there will also be special performances by AV Dance Studio 81, Dance Evolutions and the Halau Hula O Kanoelani dancers.

There will be puppet shows in between the live performances that should keep the little ones entertained, Bogard said.

The 64th annual Almond Blossom Parade and Festival is presented by the Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce with the support of local businesses and the community.

For more information on this event, contact Dennis Bogard at the Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce at 661 722-4811 or visit http://quartzhillchamber.com/almond-blossom-festival/.

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  2 comments for “Countdown to Almond Blossom Parade and Festival!

  1. little black tow truck
    March 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

    He would not have to “work you over” if you parked right or not illegally… For some reason people who live in the “trailer park” do not know how to park they think they own the park, He is only trying to make a living and its the Trailer Park manager that allows him to tow out of there due to the parking issues. So it may not make you happy that your car got towed but it sure is making a living for him family!!!!

  2. Adam Chant
    March 5, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Try to respect the local residents and don’t park in their driveways or across their driveways.. There is a little black independent tow truck that loves to work people over by towing people at a moments notice. The yard they use is closed on the weekends and way out in B.F.E. east Lancaster. They like to hit all of the residents of the trailer park and anyone who parks marked fire zones.
    There is a large parking lot east of Lane Park and possibly the field south of the park will be available.

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