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POSTED April 25, 2013 10:26 p.m.

WHAT: Asparagus Festival

WHEN: Toay, Saturday, and Sunday (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on all three days)

WHERE: 221 N. Center St., downtown Stockton waterfront.

COST:  $13 for adults (age 18-59); $8 for college students with proper ID, $8 for teens (13-17), seniors (60 and older), and active military cardholder with proper ID; and free for children 12 and under. Food and drink tickets are $1 each.

INFORMATION:  www.info@asparagusfest.com, 209-644-3740.

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All things asparagus takes over Stockton’s Weber Point today, Saturday, and Sunday.

 

EVENT

DON’T FEAR THE SPEAR

Asparagus Festival starts today in Stockton

By VINCE REMBULAT

The Bulletin

STOCKTON - Quality entertainment, good food, and plenty of fun begins today at the annual Asparagus Festival in downtown Stockton.

The Houserockers kicks things off today at 1:30 p.m. on the main stage at Weber Point. The Los Gatos Rock & Soul band was recently named the “Best Cover Band in the Bay Area” as winners of the KFOX Radio Last Band Standing contest.

The Houserockers set lists include music from The Rolling Stones, Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Van Morrison and Stevie Wonder, to name a few.

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas takes the stage at 4 o’clock. The iconic eighties band had string of hits, from “We Built this City” to “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” and “Sara.”

On Saturday, Great White (“Once Bitten Twice Shy”) is scheduled to perform at 1:30 p.m. followed by Night Ranger (“Sister Christian”) at 4:30.

Fog Hat (“Slow Ride”) and Gin Blossom (“Hey Jealousy”) will play on Sunday.

The Asparagus Festival also features world-class eater Joey Chestnut.

He’s devoured more of the deep fried stalks than anyone in the allotted time, putting away 8.3125 pounds last year while holding on to his title as the World Asparagus Eating Champion.

Chestnut will look to defend his crown for a third straight year on Saturday near the main stage.

Asparagus Alley Food is on the check list for those attending this Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce function that, in 2012, donated $314,972 to 129 non-profit organizations.

Chef Mark Berkner will again lead the “Chef of the Fest” activities inside the cool and comfortable Stockton Civic Auditorium on all three days.

In addition, the Great Spear It Run featuring 1-mile, 5K and 5-mile races was moved to Sunday.

The Extreme Canine Stunt Dog Show along with plenty of local acts at the DeCarli Stage and rides are also part of the Asparagus Festival.

 

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