Whether whole, juiced, or simply in mounds of arils —which is what the seeds of this fruit are called— pomegranates made a tasty appearance before thousands of people who gathered for the third annual Madera Pomegranate Festival.
Organized by the Madera Chamber of Commerce Tourism Alliance Committee, the festival was the culmination of a series of events — which included a 5k run and walk, an art contest and a recipe competition — to promote the locally-grown fruit and its benefits.
Approximately 3,500 people attended the festival at the Madera Municipal Airport. That number increased from last year’s, according to Debi Bray, the president and CEO of the chamber.
“I’m happy because a lot of people have told me they’re happy. This event can’t go on without our sponsorship vendors and they seem very satisfied,” said Bray...