The Emerald Cup at a glance

Tim Blake, Founder, The Emerald Cup

Based out of Laytonville, CA
Rooted in AREA 101, Mendocino and Humboldt.

Get ready as this is going to be our biggest and best year and we can't wait to see all the amazing contestants, attendees, vendors and entertainment! This is one of the longest running Medicinal Marijuana Cups in the world! Don't miss this years festivities!


The History

Here’s how Tim Blake tells the story:

In 2003, during the fall, a friend of mine and I got to talking about the fact that Mendocino had the best bud on the planet but no form of acknowledgment or celebration for it. That was when it was still very iffy to be out front with having a public competition. We put out no press just some last minute posters, word of mouth and twenty-three entries into the ganja contest came forward.

The Emerald CupThe crowd was small with very few even willing to be in the house with their faces seen, much less come forward for their prizes. Still, it was a wild night, everyone had a ball and other than the inevitable undercover agents, it was pleasantly uneventful.

The next year, we took the event more out front- putting up more posters, talking to more people, pushing the envelope. Slowly we crept into the light. Forty-three entries were put up and the bud was overall much better then the year before because then growers had begun growing their plants in the full sun.

The show was headlined by the Avalon All-stars with Vince Welnick sitting in. Bless his heart, it turned out to be his last gig before his unfortunate demise.

By the third annual Emerald Cup competition, we all had medical permits and everyone was growing in the full sun. Marijuana was blooming right into mainstream America. The fourth year, we had fifty-one entries and in 2009 there were ninety-nine, all organic, grown in the sun as God intended. In 2010, we had our banner year of over one hundred and fifty entries.

The judging gets harder every year. The medicine is judged on color, smell, Trichomes, crystals, taste, vibrancy and finally how it changes the consciousness. Entries must be in a month before the Cup so our judges can assess them all.

It is joy to be a part of this unique event, and we intend to keep doing this into the next millennium. We all have a part in this. Thank you for yours.


Tim Blake

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