Vendor space offered for Poppy Festival
Applications being accepted
On April 20 and 21, Lancaster will host the 22nd Annual California Poppy Festival at Lancaster City Park.
The city is currently accepting applications for the commercial vendor area of the event.
The Poppy Festival is a widely acclaimed event that provides a broad array of entertainment and fun for the entire family. The festival draws more than 45,000 visitors over a two-day period and provides businesses an opportunity to meet with potential new customers through its various vendor areas.
For $600, business owners will receive a 10 foot by 10 foot booth space at the event for both festival days.
Each space includes a canopied tent with three side walls, one 8-foot table and two chairs.
For more information, or to reserve a space, contact Vanessa Barnard at (661)723-6192. The application and event terms and conditions form can be found by visiting www.poppyfestival.com.
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Docent opportunities include staffing the visitor center and gift shop, walking the trails, leading tours, and other activities from March through May.
A docent is a volunteer that has attended training for their position. No previous experience or prior knowledge of the habitat or history is required.
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