Blossom Fest comes to the Valley this weekend

More than 25 events and attractions make up the 49th annual Hood River Blossom Festival, starting today around the county.

This year’s festival includes the Blossom Craft Show at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, the Parkdale Fine Arts and Music Festival presented by the Mt. Hood Railroad, the Hood River Antique Show and Sale, and the Mt. Hood Towne Hall Blossom Festival Quilt Show and Sale, Rasmussen Farms’ Pansy Party, and Flerchinger Vineyards Blossom Fest & Barrel Tasting and Open House. All events run Saturday and Sunday.

Presiding over all the events is the 2003 Blossom Court: Anna Hidle, Nancy Meza, Ashley Ogawa, and Treshia Sewell.

Other Blossom events include:

* Parkdale Fire Department’s 8th annual Casino Night, 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the fire hall, 4895 Baseline Drive (admission $10, 21 and over).

* Parkdale Grange Blossom dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, at the Grange, 7375 Clear Creek Road, $7 adults, $45 children.

* All You Can Eat Breakfast, West Side Fire Department, 2363 Tucker Rd., 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children.

* Apple crisp sale and barbecue, 11-5 Saturday, 11-4 Sunday, Dee Fire Hall, 5235 Lost Lake Rd., Dee.

* Hood River Valley Art Club Blossom Sale, Parkdale Community Center, Saturday and Sunday, 10-5.

* Hazel Rebekah Lodge quilt show and bazaar, 10-4 both days, at the Lodge, Odell Highway and Summit Drive.

Hood River County Chamber of Commerce has full details on the Blossom Festival at 386-2000 or

Or, consult the Hood River News’ Panorama section, published April 16.

In addition to the Blossom Fest events, the Hood River Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Jackson Park during Blossom Weekend. The hunt will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. This year’s sponsors are Sprint, Rosauers, Hood River Inn and Columbia Gorge Broadcasters. There will be four sections, one for each of the following age groups: ages 0-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8.

Each year, approximately 20,000 people visit the Hood River Valley to experience the Blossom Festival events.

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