Porterville prepares for Iris Festival


The event happens in downtown Porterville on Main Street on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 150 crafter, food, vendor, business, and information booths will be at the event. Free entertainment will take place at the Family HealthCare Network Stage in Centennial Park, and at the Mill Street stage. The Sierra View District Hospital Kids Zone will include amusements, chalk art, face painting, and more. Many special merchant promotions will take place as well.

Rounding out the day's activities will be the fifth run of the Porterville Chili Cook-off where local businesses, families, and friends form teams to take part in this friendly competition. The popular chili sampling starts at noon this year with sales of Chili Tasting cards beginning early in the morning. The entertainment stage will keep the music lively as the teams put their coveted recipes to the test.

Returning from the 2013 event will be the Festival of Colors Run/Walk presented by Enspirit, Inc. Last year this colorful and fun activity had over 300 participants and is expected to grow in 2014. The antiques and collectibles Peddler's Fair was a popular new addition and also returns.

Click here for more information: irisfestival.porterville.com

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