BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The California Nut Festival has been canceled this year so that organizers can focus on Camp Fire relief efforts.
The event normally takes place every spring at Patrick Ranch in Butte County.
This year, organizers have decided to cancel it to allow the community to focus all of its energy on recovering and rebuilding after the Camp Fire.
"With the Camp Fire we decided that so many of our sponsors and big donors are already giving so much to the fire victims or survivors," said Kathy Chance, chairperson for the California Nut Festival. "We just didn't feel like we should raise money for the festival at this point in time."
Organizers say they will focus on raising funds for 4-H and FFA students affected by the Camp Fire,
Proceeds raised will be used to rebuild pens and to purchase equipment, breeding stock and feed to provide students with the means to bring animals to the Silver Dollar and Butte County Fairs in the coming years.
All money raised will be put into an account with the Butte Agriculture Foundation.
For those who wish to donate to the fund, they say that checks can be made out and mailed to the Farmers’ Circle Livestock Fund at P.O. Box 7642 Chico, CA 95927.
Organizers say that the festival will be back in 2020.