39th Petaluma’s Butter and Egg Days festival returns after 2-year pandemic hiatus

PETALUMA, Calif. (KGO) — The streets of Petaluma were alive again on Saturday for the town’s annual Butter and Egg Days festival.

“I’m so excited and thrilled. I couldn’t even sleep last night because I was so excited to be here today,” said festival-goer Damienne Bell.

After the pandemic-induced hiatus, the event has picked up steam again this year.

This weekend’s event marks the festival’s 39th consecutive year.

A celebration of the city’s rich agricultural heritage.

“In 1848 San Francisco was only about 700 people. And after the gold rush it grew to about 25,000 people with no farms to feed them, so Petaluma became very, very rich and well-known,” Bell said.

But while the Butter and Egg Days festival is once again in full swing, in other parts of the Bay Area, other festivals are experiencing a different fate.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival, another Bay Area staple, recently announced that it will be closing its doors permanently.

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Especially since people and vendors say it’s important to preserve festivals like this.

“We saw a lot of people today who have been shopping with us for a long time, and we’re really grateful for that,” said James Clark of Farmhouse Artisan Market.

Not just for themselves, but also for future generations.

“We feel lucky. We feel really lucky, because we’re within walking distance and then she can come and experience that. And we can experience that. And that’s amazing,” visitor Cailen Gerner said.

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