California Festivals


TWENTYNINE PALMS: Weed Show November 2-3, 2019

November 2, 2019, 12-4 p.m.
November 3, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

29 Palms Historical Society and Museum
6760 National Park Drive
29 Palms, California 92277

Held on the first full weekend in November, the Weed Show is an annual festival of all things "weed". We're talking about the kind people typically kill as a nuisance in their yards and gardens. One of California's most unique and original festivals makes use of the local ecology--no apologies. It's a celebration of the desert's stark, dry beauty combined with the historical museum's love of preservation and the past.

Speaking of the past, previous festival contests have included awards for best in category: Sugar Bowl Purple Glass Arrangement using Museum Quality purple glass as an accessory, Sheephole Pass Broken Purple Glass Composition using Broken Purple glass as an accessory, 29 Palms Art Gallery Miniature, Chocolate Drop Miniature, Four Corners Composition using an item associated with travel or transportation as an accessory, Old Schoolhouse Composition using something associated with education as an accessory, Historic Plaza Composition using necessities of daily living as an accessory, Oasis of Mara/JTNP Composition using any element related to these areas as an accessory, Gold Park Composition using something related to mining or a gold color accessory, Condor Field/Marine Corps Base Oversized composition, Knott's Sky Park using any item used in play as an accessory, Luckie Park using any item from the above categories as an accessory.

The Weed Show is one of Twentynine Palms' favorite annual events with its roots steeped in traditions that go all the way back to 1941! Held the first full weekend in November, indigenous desert vegetation and found objects, both natural and man-made are crafted into items of beauty as specified by a theme.

Legend of the event's origins goes something like this: a local women's gathering with a guest from Pasadena lacked fresh flowers with which to decorate the podium and honor the esteemed guest. Apologizing, the honored guest may have said, "Why do you need fresh flowers when you have so many beautiful weeds?" Passing through the hands of several clubs that have since disbanded, the wonderful Twentynine Palms Historical Society has carried the tradition into the 21st century, making this event and the "weed" story part of the history of Twentynine Palms.

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