The purple iris was declared the official flower of Porterville in January 1963. Couple that with our community being home to the world’s largest distributor of reblooming iris – Sutton’s Iris Gardens, and you can’t help but want to celebrate the iris!
Over 30,000 residents and visitors are expected to do just that on April 27 with the offering of the Porterville Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Iris Festival, sponsored by Eagle Mountain Casino and the Tule River Tribal Council, and gold sponsor the Gas Company.
Held on Saturday, April 28, in downtown and out at Sutton’s, the festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features activities for the entire family. 200 crafter, food, vendor, business and information booths; free entertainment at the Centennial Park and Mill Street stages; community organization corner; business promotion alley; and, special merchant promotions will await festival attendees. The Sierra View District Hospital Kids Zone will include amusements, chalk art, face painting, and more. Attendees will find the annual showing of some very unique cars, motorcycles and bicycles at the COOL Rides Exhibition.
The Porterville Chili Cook-off event is back for its third run, as local businesses, families, and friends form teams to take part in this friendly competition.
A visit to Sutton’s Iris Garden will of course be a highlight for many. Free shuttle service will be provided from downtown by the Porterville Sheltered Workshop.