Lompoc Valley’s season of festivals continues this weekend with the 24th Annual Spring Arts Festival at Ryon Park, featuring arts and crafts booths, an antique car show, chili cookoff, barbecue shootout, food booths, entertainment and a carnival.
Lompoc Valley Festival Association officials have their fingers crossed for good weather during the three-day event, which begins Friday.
The weather was kind last Saturday to the first of three festivals, the annual Vintners’ Festival, at River Park. The Spring Arts Festival will be followed by the annual Flower Festival, also at Ryon Park, June 23-27.
“This storm is supposed to go through by tomorrow,” Festival Chairman Derril Shiflet said Tuesday. “We’re just hoping we don’t get real strong winds that will tear our food booths down. You never know until it happens.”
The weekend promises temperatures in the mid- to high 60s and no rain, said Josie May, festival office manager.
“I hope the rain stops, we get some good weather and get some people out there,” she said.
After five years, the association has returned the festival dates to the last full weekend in April, instead of the third weekend, and the change has meant lots of new vendors, May said.
Butler Amusements now is available to provide carnival rides on the final weekend of the month, she said, explaining the change in dates.
Shiflet said the new schedule, which puts Lompoc between Phoenix and Santa Barbara on Butler’s schedule, will allow the carnival to provide additional rides in Lompoc.
Carnival tickets are on sale at the festival office, 414 W. Ocean Ave., through noon Friday, and at banks and businesses throughout Lompoc through 10 a.m. Friday. Wristbands for unlimited rides are $20 in advance and $30 at the park after the carnival opens.
The festival opens at noon Friday. Arts and crafts booths open at noon Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be nearly 50 booths, May said.
The carnival opens at 1:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment begins at 4 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The food booths open at 11 a.m. each day.
The antique and custom car show is at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. A motorcycle show begins at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Cooking for the chili cookoff begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. Sunday for the Barbecue Shootout.