The purple Iris was declared the official flower of Porterville in January 1963. This annual festival is in its 17th year in 2015 and is presented by the Porterville Chamber of Commerce. The community has seen the Iris Festival grow from a small local event to one of Central California’s premier gatherings with over 240 vendors and welcoming more than 30,000 visitors from throughout California and the Western United States. The event takes place on the last Saturday April. In addition to food and craft booths, will offer free entertainment on two stages and a Kid Zone. Enjoy sampling the yummy treats throughout the festival, and root for your favorite in the famous Chili Cook-Off.