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Annual Empire Asparagus Festival Celebrates Locally Grown Crop

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A unique and fun festival celebrating a locally grown crop is kicking off Friday night.

The 14th annual Empire Asparagus Festival takes place this weekend.

They kick off Friday night with a pig roast and live music.

On Saturday there will be events all day from the 5k fun run to the asparagus cook-off.

The entire festival focuses on the locally grown vegetable.

“Empire is renowned for being a little bit quirky,” says Empire Asparagus Festival Organizer, Paul Skinner. “It's reflected in the event as a whole. I mean, you know, everything is done not too seriously. Everything is done with a smile on your face and come and enjoy it. And so I think that rubs off on people. People can come here and literally forget their Monday through Friday, you know, woes or troubles or whatever it might be.”

A stretch of Front Street in Empire will be shut down for the event.

For more information on events and times, click here.