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Santa Rosa, CA. The Emerald Cup - December 13th & 14th, 2014

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WHAT: The Emerald Cup - 11th Anniversary Celebration
WHEN: December 13th & 14th, 2014
WHERE: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA.

The Largest, Most Respected, Organic, Outdoor, Medicinal Cannabis Competition in the World The Emerald Cup Is "The Definitive Cup For The Fall Harvest"​

Slightly Stoopid, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Stick Figure, Thrive, HIRIE

Jeffrey Lowenfels, Jorge Cervantes, Doug Fine, Dragonfly Earth Medicine

Monday, August 18, 2014 (SANTA ROSA, CA) - The Emerald Cup will make its highly anticipated return to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA on December 13th and 14th, 2014. For more than a decade, The Emerald Cup has become synonymous with setting the highest standards for sustainable, sun-grown, outdoor cannabis, and is the largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, medicinal cannabis competition in the world, making it, "The Definitive Cup for the Fall Harvest." This year we expect to have 10,000 attendees over the two-days and have expanded to include more organic food options, over 200 great vendors, additional contests, speakers leading discussion panels that include topics on medical applications of cannabis, how to grow organically and sustainably, cutting-edge science and testing, politics and activism, hands-on workshops led by leaders in our cannabis culture, and our most exciting music lineup to date, PLUS the highly anticipated awards ceremony and so much more. At The Emerald Cup there's something for every cannabis enthusiast.

Headlining 2014 talent will include: Slightly Stoopid, a band that has amassed incredible success in their nearly two decades as a band, garnering numerous spots on the Billboard Top 200 Album and Independent charts, as well as the Rock and Alternative album charts, in addition to headlining major amphitheaters with such artists as Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, 311, Atmosphere and more. Nahko and Medicine for the People, Huffington Post called Nahko's music "beautiful and stirring," comparing him to Bob Marley and proclaiming him a "musical prophet." Stick Figure, showcases the talents of multi-instrumentalist and producer Scott Woodruff's unique style that creatively blends upbeat roots reggae with the reverberating echoes of dub; their live performance and unique sound is sure to leave you craving more. HIRIE, the female-fronted band stormed onto the reggae music scene in 2013 with the release of their first single "Sensi Boy," leading to the immediate success of the band's self-titled debut album, and making HIRIE reggae's newest female sensation when it reached number 4 on the iTunes Reggae Chart in its first day. Santa Cruz based, Thrive is pioneering a unique sound in the ever-growing genre of reggae/rock music, their debut album, Gratitude Attitude, shocked the music world, reaching number 4 on the iTunes Reggae charts, starting the motor for the movement that is called, "Thrive." Look for more artist announcements in the coming weeks.

More than two dozen panelists will be on hand leading ground-breaking seminars and discussions on: Advanced Organic Farming Methodology and Cutting Edge Practices, Families and Cannabis, The Future of Targeted Cannabinoid Therapy, Cannabis Legalization, and more. The 2014 initial key speaker roster includes: Jeffrey Lowenfels, an award-winning author and garden columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, Jeff's book, Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, is considered one of the most important garden books of the last quarter century and has helped convert tens of thousands of gardeners to organics instead of pesticides. Jorge Cervantes, dubbed the "pied piper of pot" after he published the critically acclaimed book, Marijuana Horticulture a.k.a The Indoor Bible, in the early 80s, sparking a revolution in do-it-yourself underground horticulture, it has since sold well over 700,000 copies. Doug Fine, is a bestselling author and freelance journalist for such organizations as the Washington Post, Salon, U.S. News and World Report, Sierra, Wired, Outside, National Public Radio, and many other venues. His critically acclaimed book, Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution, is about the billion-dollar worldwide hemp industry that's about to emerge. Dragonfly Earth Medicine (comprised of Kelly, Josh, and Sky), they have dedicated the past 20 years to Natural Farming, regenerating soils, plants, and humans, with organic herbs, mushrooms, mycelium, beneficial bacteria's, minerals, humates, and education. They have created an alchemy with old world knowledge and new school techniques. Our complete lineup of panelists and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Nutrient Guru, a subsidiary of Grower's Secret, Inc., is delighted to announce a three-year sponsorship of The Emerald Cup: Jeb Berman, Managing Director at Nutrient Guru, says: "Nutrient Guru is thrilled to be part of this premier organic cannabis event. It's a perfect match for our organic nutrients, and we can't wait to see everyone in Santa Rosa in December." Nutrient Guru features exclusive organic, plant-based, and GMO-free nutrient products from Grower's Secret.

Contests and Awards: This year we are pleased to expand to include six contests: Flowers, Solvent-less-Concentrates, Edibles, Topicals, the Breeders Cup, plus a photo contest. Entry deadline for submissions is November, 1st, 2014. For contest rules and procedures please visit our website The Emerald Cup.

About The Emerald Cup: The Emerald Cup was founded by Tim Blake in 2003 to promote Northern California as the premier destination for medicinal marijuana while advancing the concept of sustainable, outdoor farming. "Northern California is a region with one of the oldest and most established medicinal marijuana growing communities," said Tim Blake. "We have endeavored to keep our methods and our product pure and free from toxins. As a group, we have amassed an enormous amount of experience and expertise, which we enjoy sharing with fellow farmers each year at The Emerald Cup." The event is named for the area in Mendocino and Humboldt known as The Emerald Triangle, widely regarded for producing the world's finest cannabis. It is a community celebration honoring the year's finest, sun-grown, medicinal cannabis harvest. 2013 solidified The Emerald Cup's reputation as the largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, medicinal cannabis competition in the world. From small beginnings in Laytonville over a decade ago, this event has now proven itself to be "The Definitive Cup for the Fall Harvest."

Early Bird Tickets are on sale now: Single day tickets are $45.00, weekend tickets are $80.00.

For more information about the 2014 Emerald Cup, visit The Emerald Cup
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