LOMPOC, Calif. - The 65th Annual Lompoc Flower Festival kicked off on Wednesday at Ryon Park.
It’s a family affair for Joe Gonzales. For him, this tradition is deeply rooted in his family for decades. "It’s a family tie, we are connected,” he says.
His taquito stand "El Concilio de Lompoc" has been part of the Lompoc Flower Festival since the 1980’s. It’s a rite of passage to work here.
"It’s a family tradition with all of my kids and all of my kids grew up learning to do the cash register,” he says.
Gonzales has witnessed the town and times change. He remembers when Lompoc had less than 5,000 people living in the city.
"We used to sell them [taquitos] for 3 a $1, now it’s $1 each,” he says. For him having this food stand here is a big family deal because by working here, it gives him a chance to see his sister Rose Mary Flores and son Joe Jr. along with other family members.
The festival is celebrating 65 years of tradition. This year’s theme is "Small Town Big Heart."
"We wanted to showcase Lompoc because it has such good volunteers," says Rose Isaac, the festival's chairman.
Volunteers like Isaac along with dozens of others help make this all happen. "It’s like one big family,” she says.
The festival goes on through Sunday.
For more information and times when events are going on, visit: https://explorelompoc.com/event/lompoc-flower-festival.