VICTORVILLE — Thunderous applause filled the large, smoky building after cannabis celebrity Bobby Black declared it was 4:20 p.m. and time to party at High Desert Hot Box.

Close to 2,000 visitors enjoyed an evening of music, food, art, entertainment and cannabis during the Hot Box at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville on April 20, known by many across the globe as "Weed Day."

In the Prop. 215 building, nearly 60 vendors from all over California welcomed marijuana enthusiasts with jars of cannabis and wax, pipes, medicated drinks, CBD, accessories and plenty of mouth-watering, medically-infused baked goods.

“It looks like another big Hot Box crowd,” said business owner Eddie Funxta, as he sat with his family at the Funxta West Coast booth. “These guys really know how to organize a party.”

Despite millennials making up the biggest demographic at Hot Box, the silvered-hair generation made their presence known, with many of them holding a walking cane in one hand and a joint in the other.

As Kenneth and Jean Weisner ate corn dogs and french fries, the senior couple explained how the conservative duo from Apple Valley joined the cannabis community about two years ago.

“Cannabis saved my husband’s life,” said Jean Weisner, 82. “When Ken’s liver started shutting down, the doctors told us he was going to die and there was nothing they could do. One doctor took us aside and told us to try cannabis.”

“At least one doctor knew what they were talking about,” said Kenneth Weisner, 88, as he smiled and took a big bite of his corn dog.

As Mac and Joyya, the YouTube stars of the “2 Girls, 1 Bong” channel sat with their fans and puffed the night away, several bands played classic rock, funk and reggae outside while fire performer Rick Hawk from Venice Beach performed his fiery magic under the stars.

In the Community Building, artists with CannaColor Paint provided supplies to visitors who began expressing themselves with paint and brushes. Next to the artists, droves of people lined up for a medical recommendation card while traditional vendors like Pampered Chef, Scentsy and DoTerra hawked their wares.

Realtor Rick Roelle and wife, Angela Valles, set up their EXP Realty table inside the the Community Building where several speakers were scheduled to share on a variety of topics.

Unlike the last Hot Box in February where dozens of visitors attended the educational portion of the event, only a handful of people showed any interest during Thursday’s event. The speaking portion of Hot Box was eventually cancelled after Glenda Funtxa conducted her cooking demonstration.

“People wanted to be educated, but we realized our visitors were getting educated by the vendors in the Prop. 215 building,” Hot Box co-organizer Kasha Herrington said. “We’ll keep that mind for our next Hot Box this summer.”

For more information on High Desert Hot Box, visit www.hdhotbox.com.

Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.