The 19th Annual Orchid Festival
Thanks to all who participated!
We are all so pleased that this event generated so much for the community.
Great weather, beautiful flowers, tasty food and wonderful music making this year the best Festival ever. Greenhouses were full with visitors who enjoying the flowers along with others who learned more about orchids through the orchid classes (provided by the Orchid Society of Arizona).
The Boys and Girls Club along with the Armed Services YMCA kept the crowd from going hungry with their delicious pulled Pork and Chicken, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Nachos, earning $3000. TheYucca Valley Cheerleaders offered ice cream for dessert, earning $600, entertaining the crowd with periodic routines,
The local musicians provided relaxing music while those who enjoyed lunch or a glass of wine relaxed.
Thanks again! Next’s years event will be held on Oct 3rd and 4th, 2015.
Curious as to what the it’s all about? Click on the links below to see previous events.
How the Event Got Started:
The Morongo Basin Orchid Festival was first held in October of 1996. Sponsored by the Landers Area Chamber of Commerce, Gubler Orchids, Hi Desert Star, and Z-107.7 Radio, the purpose of the festival was celebrate the orchid harvest and to attract out-of-town visitors. Proceeds from orchid sales were first used to finance productions at the Homestead Valley Park. Productions included a Concert from the Safaris, Polynesian Dances, and a fireworks show. The Homestead Park kept all the funds generated from the shows.
In 1999 the Sunset Rotary Club of Yucca Valley took over the management of the festival and decided to use the proceeds to benefit non-profit groups in the hi and low deserts. In 2009, over $12,500 was distributed to non-profit desert organizations. In the past six years the Morongo Basin Orchid Festival raised and distributed over $63,500 to charities.
Today, the Festival has grown in scope and diversity. Tours of the Gubler Orchid Greenhouses is still the cornerstone of the event. Orchid “How to” classes provided by the Arizona Orchid Society, Wine and Cheese tasting, music, entertainment, food, and beverages also play an important part in the making the festival a daytime destination for locals and tourists. The festival has become a showcase of participating non-profits organizations and festival goers can learn about all the wonderful agencies and the programs that they provide in the community.
Gubler Orchids donates all the net profits to Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary club for distribution. This amount is added to the total of all the profits Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary generated during the two day event.
You will enjoy the event while supporting some wonderful non profit organizations. If you haven’t been to The Orchid Festival then you are in for a REAL treat!