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Almond Blossom huge success; carnival ticket sales surpassed $240K
Head baker Collin Strasser stocks the Cobblestone Bakery booth during Fridays opening of the Almond Blossom Festival in Ripon. - photo by HIME ROMERO

The Almond Blossom Festival can be considered a huge success.

The Ripon City Council acknowledged that last week, thanking those at Chamber of Commerce for their efforts and hard work.

Councilman Leo Zuber took it one step further, sharing some data from last month’s event.

“There were 10,000 cars in the parking lot from Thursday to Sunday (Feb. 24-27),” he said, using information from the Chamber meeting held earlier that day – Zuber also serves on its board of directors.

The Chamber, he added, sold $50,000 in advanced tickets to the ABF Carnival, which tallied another $190,000 in ticket sales during those four days.

As for the parade, Zuber said there were 83 entries.

“The streets were packed that day,” said Councilman Gary Barton of the Feb. 26 parade.

Overall, the Chamber was able to net around $70,000 more than in 2020. For that, elected leaders gave credit to Chamber CEO / President Kelly Donohue and her staff consisting of Taylor Dahlin and Catie Carrel.