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Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival 2002
Sunday, March 25, 2002

After months of preparation by the Wistaria Committee the Wistaria Festival took place under cloudy skies on Sunday, March 25. The town welcomed thousands who came to see the world's largest blossoming plant, visit the arts/crafts booths, and enjoy shopping and dining in downtown Sierra Madre's business district. Click on the thumbnails below to see a full size photo.

2002 Festival Links
Vine photos
Miscellaneous Festival photos
VW show photos
.MPG video files
Wistaria Main Page and History
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Vine photos

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Phyllis Chapman gets ready to greet visitors
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Civic Club and its members worked hard in shifts, here they get ready to open
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Picture taken from underneath the vine
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View looking towards the San Gabriels, before the crowds arrive
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Violinist sets up prior to Vine Viewers arriving
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The 109 year old vine
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Closer shot
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Some of the first arrivals
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The crowds continued all day
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The rain held off until late afternoon
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It was a beautiful, gray day
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Another closeup
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Another shot

Miscellaneous Festival photos

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There were all kinds of music being performed
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There was a kid's fun zone
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Lots of arts and crafts booths
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More music

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And the playhouse had performances in the foyer

 VW show photos - sponsored and organized by Moe's Automotive

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On the one side, a typical VW camper bus
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On the other, a full-on mobile home
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Downloadable .mpg video files, all under 1 mb. Not the best quality, just for fun really.
In preparation for opening, local historian Phyllis Chapman discusses with other docents her recent visit with the 96 year old daughter of the planter of the vine, points out location of original foundation from original home. HERE
Video shot from underneath vine, kinda dark, mainly put up to give an idea of scope. HERE
Video shot from lawn, again not the best quality, posted to show scope. HERE

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