California: Emerald Cup Marijuana Festival Draws 21,000 To Sonoma County
By Steve Elliott
The Emerald Cup, now in its third year in Santa Rosa, California, on Sunday wrapped up its two-day run at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds with its biggest attendance ever. The event showcased outdoor, organically grown marijuana the the culture which has grown around the plant.
More than 21,000 people were drawn by the weekend event, according to organizer Tim Blake, compared to 13,000 last year and 7,000 in 2013, the first year it was relocated from Mendocino County, where it had begun 12 years ago, reports Clark Mason at The Press Democrat.
The event draws many cannabis cultivators from the "Emerald Triangle" of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties in California, reputed to be home of the largest and best cannabis crop in the state.
The Emerald Cup isn't just a contest to choose the best flowers; it's also a community event for growers and cannabis enthusiasts, with business exhibits, educational seminars and music.
More than 420 entries were submitted to this year's contest, with the winner getting a trip for two to Jamaica, along with the sudden ability to charge a premium price for the chosen pot strain and its seeds and clones.
This year, Jackson Zenter, a.k.a. "Mean Jean" of Laytonville, won with his Cherry Limeaid flowers, described as sweet and fruity, but with a "paint thinner and Bain de Soleil" undertones.
For the first time this year, entrants had to pay a hefty $250 entry fee to cover the cost of testing their samples for pesticides, fungus and chemicals. About 7 percent had pesticides and were disqualified, according to organizers. Another 8 percent had microbial issues.
Photo: The Press Democrat