California Nut Festival Organizers Announce
No Festival in 2019 as Community Continues
to Recover from Devastating Camp Fire

Organizers Focus Efforts on Raising Funds for 4-H & FFA Students in 2019

CHICO, Calif. (January 2, 2019) – Organizers of the popular California Nut Festival have made the decision to cancel the annual fundraising event in 2019 to allow time for the North Valley community to focus all energies on recovering and rebuilding after the devastating Camp Fire. The announcement was made today by Kathy Chance, long-time organizer of the hugely successful California Nut Festival. To date, proceeds from the festival have raised $185,000 for the Patrick Ranch Museum to help preserve and interpret the agricultural history of the Sacramento Valley. The agriculture-focused culinary event will resume in 2020 and, moving forward, will be led by a dedicated group of Patrick Ranch Museum (PRM) members.

“The California Nut Festival is definitely a labor of love for the tight-knit and dedicated group who make it happen each year,” said Kathy Chance, event organizer. “And while the decision was made with mixed emotions, it is absolutely the right path to take to allow our friends, families, neighbors, local businesses and community members to heal, recover and rebuild. We want to especially thank our invaluable sponsors, Farmers’ Circle, vendors, artists, musicians, media partners and the entire community for supporting us for so many amazing years. We look forward to seeing everyone again in spring of 2020 when the festival returns to the Patrick Ranch Museum.”

In 2019, the organizers of the California Nut Festival will be focused on raising needed 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. The monies raised will be put into an account with the Butte Agriculture Foundation. For those who wish to donate to the fund, checks should be made out and mailed to the Farmers’ Circle Livestock Fund at P.O. Box 7642 Chico, CA 95927.

More information about the 2020 California Nut Festival will be available at a later date.

Media Contacts:
Traci Rockefeller Cusack at 916-213-4373 or
Kathy Chance at 530-519-1882 or