NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – For the 28th time, thousands of cannabis enthusiasts came to the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton for “Extravaganja,” an annual celebration of cannabis culture.
Rain fell on the fairgrounds most of the day but the turnout was still high.
“It doesn’t matter, we came rain or shine, we so will hang out and enjoy it,” said Jessi Cassin of Southington, Connecticut.
This year’s festival featured musicians, food, and vendors selling a variety of CBD products. This was the first Extravaganja since the state approved the sale of adult-use marijuana.
“It’s a lot more accepting now and allows people to come out of their shell, and so people don’t have to hide it,” said owner of AAA Glass, Mark Bernier.
You needed your rain gear and an umbrella to enjoy the festivities Saturday, but organizers told 22News rain or shine, this event is important and shows how much people support recreational marijuana use.
Jessi Cassin of Connecticut told 22News she uses marijuana for its medicinal benefits. “I have a very bad illness and my friends have bad illnesses, so we are excited. It’s something we can do besides just the meds we take.”
Extravaganja 2019 was more organized than it was in previous years. Fair-goers had to purchase tickets in advance online and they had to be at least 21 to attend.
Northampton police officers were also stationed across the fairgrounds directing traffic and ensuring safety at the event. Extravaganja is just one of many cannabis celebrations held on April 20; 4/20.
Extravaganja 2019 takes place at the three county fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.