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After nearly three decades, Stockton, CA's asparagus festival is no more; local nonprofits will be hard hit by loss of this fundraising opportunity.

"For the apparent declining number of Asparagus Festival fans, the announcement that the Stockton event will end after 29 years may not have elicited much more than a shrug and an 'Oh, well. I guess we'll find something else to do that weekend.' For the volunteers who gave their time to benefit nonprofit organizations or churches, the news is a lot more devastating." -- Lori Gilbert, the Stockton Record

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