California has over 7,000 farm legal pot licenses. May the strongest, loudest buds win at the first California State Fair cannabis contest. (Courtesy California State Fair)
Move over cotton candy and hog races because there’s a major new attraction coming to the California State Fair in 2022. Today, officials announced details for a first-ever, state-sanctioned cannabis competition and award event, set to debut next July at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, California. Dried, cured cannabis bud entries are due starting November. Nice.
The newly minted CA State Fair Cannabis Competition and Awards will be joining a crowded field. There are longstanding cannabis competitions held in the state, including the Emerald Cup and the High Times Cannabis Cup NorCal. But it stands alone in being the first competition that has the backing of the state in crowning favored flower as the best in California.
It also represents a major new draw for the 166-year-old California State Fair, which has long attracted its weed lovers with amusement park rides and deep-fried munchies. It’s also the crown jewel of the international fair circuit. On display—the best California has to offer when it comes to agriculture, technology, and the Golden State spirit. Adding a cannabis competition should be a boon for cultivators and event organizers alike.
It’s a moment when the state is actually recognizing cannabis as an agricultural powerhouse worthy of its own competition and awards event. The California State Fair is a blueprint for an even bigger cannabis awards landscape, not only for the state but across the nation as well.
“Cal Expo is thrilled to be adding California Cannabis to our list of competitions at the State Fair, which includes our best-in-class wines, cheeses, craft beers, olive oils, and fine arts, among others,” said California Exposition & State Fair Board of Director Jess Durfee. “We look forward to recognizing California’s legal cannabis industry with a science-based and first-of-its-kind event.”
Published: September 22, 2021
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