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Fresh, Delicious Fun: Annual Pomegranate Festival

MADERA COUNTY – The 7th annual Madera Pomegranate Festival returns to the Madera District Fairgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The uniquely vibrant event brings visitors from all over to experience the best of the Central Valley’s local pomegranate and nut products, and it’s worth a drive down the hill.

Organized by the Madera Tourism Alliance of the Madera Chamber of Commerce, the Pomegranate Festival offers a full day of easy-going activity, with music and dancing, arts and crafts, and a whole lot of pomegranates. Admission and parking are free.

In addition to all the pomegranate-related food and all kinds of nuts, cooking demonstrations from local chefs, educational briefings on pomegranates, and fun for the whole family.

“On behalf of the Madera Chamber, I would like to invite everyone to come out and join us for this fun-filled event; it’s a great outing for the entire family, ”  says Chamber President Debi Bray. “The Tourism Alliance Committee and Chamber staff are working hard to bring yet another great event to our community this year.”

This year The Marie Wilson Band will perform the latest chart-topping hits and non-stop party-perfect classics throughout the decades.

New this year is the firetruck pull organized by Madera County Probation. Eight-person teams from area law enforcement agencies each take turns grabbing a rope, while on the other end is a fully equipped fire truck. Teams must pull the fire truck 40 feet to the finish line in a designated time. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Northern California.

Other festival highlights include:

  • Pomegranate and nut-inspired foods and products to taste and purchase.
  • Learn about the flavors of pomegranates and local nuts such as almonds, pistachios, and walnuts through live cooking demonstrations.
  • Kid Zone that includes art lessons, activities and games, children’s stage, educational information about local agriculture and interactive displays featuring law enforcement.
  • Live music entertainment
  • Classic Car Show
  • 100-plus vendors and exhibitors featuring pomegranate and nut products as well as a variety of other items.

The momentum is building and exciting things are falling into place for this year’s Pomegranate Festival. The annual event celebrates what Madera does best, the Chamber says.

Agriculture is Madera’s #1 industry and the event takes place during November which is National Pomegranate Month. Co-Chairs David Huff and Nicki Rincon encourage everyone to come out and join the fun.

To learn more about the festival, visit www.PomegranateFestival.com or www.Facebook.com/PomegranateFestival

Photos by Kellie Flanagan

Car show

Therese Williams of Visit Yosemite Madera County congratulates participants in a de-pomming contest to see who could get the most seeds from a pomegranate in a timed race. SNO’s Managing Editor Kellie Flanagan enjoyed the try.

Didn’t take 1st Place but got a sweet red ribbon!

Oodles of free activities for kids and families

First responders making friends

Fossil Discovery Center hands-on activities

Robotics competition and demonstration

Get messy!

Pom-tastic!

Awesome nonprofit groups including CASA of Madera County (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Kids can build stuff

Loads of vendors, many with beautiful hand-made items

 

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