LANCASTER — The fact that flowers may not bloom for another week or so in the California Poppy Reserve won't halt this weekend's ninth annual California Poppy Festival.
Organizers say the event, which started as an Earth Day celebration for area residents, has evolved into a "mini jazz festival" to complement the 200 arts and crafts vendors and family activities.
When the bright orange flowers are in abundance, the festival attracts 65,000. When there is a dearth of poppies, about 50,000 attend, spokeswoman Stephanie Weiss said.
Today's entertainment includes an 11:30 a.m. performance by the Ronnie Crumbly Combo, followed by a 1:30 p.m. show by alto saxophonist Eric Marienthal and a 3:30 p.m. performance by saxophonist and singer Kevin Mahogany.