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Lompoc Flower Festival celebrates decades of community involvement

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Now in its 65th year, the Lompoc Flower Festival is one of the longest-running festivals on the Central Coast.

The flowers are in full bloom, but florist Connie Clancy of Lompoc Valley Florist and Home Décor says the industry has changed a lot in 65 years.
     
"A lot of the seed companies moved out of the area to Mexico and different countries. I think the labor was a little better but the weather here was just perfect for it," said Clancy.
     
The festival honors those glory days of flower seed companies flourishing.
     
Organizers say the Flower Festival has 22 booths, contests, and a performance by the band Bostyx.
      
"All the booths are related to the common theme, and this year it's a 'Small Town, Big Heart'. Everything is supposed to be about Lompoc and how much we give to the community," said John Keft of the Lompoc Valley Festival Association.
     
For many locals, it's all about the flowers.
     
"After the parade, the association, they give away bunches of stock flower which is what's grown here locally and it's what's used on the floats mainly," said Clancy.

The festival runs through Sunday at Ryon Park and includes a parade Saturday, June 24 starting at 10:00 a.m. along H Street and Ocean Avenue in Old Town Lompoc. Click here for more information.

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