Asparagus Festival to return with new promoters, new location

STOCKTON - The Stockton Asparagus Festival may be over, but the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival will take it's place in 2015 at the county fairgrounds.

Stockton-area farmers and racing promoters Tony and Carol Noceti said Wednesday they hope to produce a festival next year that's bigger and better than the previous versions, which were held first in Oak Grove Park, and then in downtown Stockton.

The Nocetis were unable to provide any details of how the festival will look, other than to say it will have plenty of space, parking and a safe environment.

They also said they hope to include previous festival directors in their advisory group as they construct the new version of the festival.

"They've done a great job for years, and gave a lot of money to charities," Tony Noceti said. "We want to add to what's already good and make it even better."

The 2013 festival was the last one in downtown Stockton when rising costs and dwindling attendance made it too tough to continue. The Nocetis, who promote auto racing events at the fairgrounds, are confident they can have similar success with the Asparagus Festival.

"We haven't crunched the numbers, but 100,000 (attendance) is my goal, maybe even larger," Carol Noceti said.

Next year's festival will happen at the fairgrounds in south Stockton on April 17, 18 and 19.


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