Lavender Daze blooms this July 16-17

By KIRBY NEUMANN-REA

News editor

July 13, 2005

It’s easy for Joel and Diane Orcutt to show off.

Hood River Lavender Farm, their growing business of three years, is in full bloom.

To celebrate, the Orcutts are hosting the first Lavender Daze Festival at the farm, 3801 Straight Hill Rd., Hood River, on July 16-17.

Music, classes, food, and the aroma of 45 varieties of lavender will be there for all to enjoy. There is no admission to the festival, which runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

“We wanted to give people something new to enjoy in the valley, in addition to the fruit,” Joel Orcutt said. “The views at the farm are outstanding — magnificent views of Mount Adams in one direction and Mount Hood in the other.”

Even without the mountain views, there is splendor to be found — in the lavender itself.

“It’s just real inviting to see and smell,” Orcutt said. “It’s not just the aroma, but the beauty of it all.” Amid the two acres of lavender is a wildflower garden.

Visitors may cut a bunch of lavender (for a fee), take free classes such as how to make a lavender wand, or enjoy local food and music.

Sugar Daddies, Savant Garde, ThEclipse and other musicians will perform. Hood River Taqueria will sell food on site, and other local vendors will be available — including temporary, spray-on tattoos by Dave Smith.

Skooter the miniature horse (profiled in the June 22 Hood River News) is scheduled to be there, and the Orcutts also plan an aviary along with other animals for children to enjoy, along with face painting.

For information call (888) LAV-FARM or go to:

www.lavenderdaze.com

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