In the early 1950s, Lompoc leaders started putting on an annual rodeo and parade. This event grew until George Miller, one of our city's leading citizens began championing for the Flower Festival. Miller persuaded the Chamber of Commerce to change from the rodeo and parade event, reasoning that while more than 200 California communities staged rodeos each year, large and small, Lompoc had its world-famous flower fields, an asset that was unique and the perfect basis for the community event.
The Alpha Clubs flower Show (started in 1922) was the key event on which the Festival was developed. Now, the parade, with its floral floats is the large draw, with the Flower Show continuing as a much desired and well-attended attraction.
In the beginning, the Flower Festival was a 2-day event, it has grown to be a 5-day event.
The Festival Association holds two events each year, the Spring Arts Festival in April and the Flower Festival in June. One paid employee manages the Office year round and everyone else is a volunteer. A Board of Directors consisting of twelve members and the Past President meet twice a month. Plans for the next festivals begin almost immediately after the Flower Festival is over.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Benjamin Contreras Jr.: President
Rose Isaac: Vice President
John Keth: Past President
Inga McCullough: Festival Chairman
Sue Beltran: Secretary
Annette Hernandez: Treasure
Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM