Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Among acres of bountiful blossoms in the orchards of the Hood River valley, two of the Hood River Blossom Festival’s most popular events — the Blossom Craft Show and the Blossom Fest Quilt Show — return April 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The park-like fairgrounds are located in the midst of orchard country at 3020 Wy’east Road, near Odell. Admission and parking are free.
The Blossom Craft Show features something for everyone. Artists, craftspeople and vendors from around the Northwest will be on hand offering arts and crafts, garden art, handcrafted home furnishings and decorations, photos, dried flowers, gourmet food products, rhododendrons and azaleas, jewelry, beads, clothing and much more.
Taste award-winning wines and enjoy all many kinds of food.
Gardeners will want to be sure to attend the Odell Garden Club’s popular annual plant sale Saturday at the Craft Show.
The Hood River Valley High School FFA organization will be there offering a variety of plants for sale from its greenhouse. Plants grown by professional growers will be for sale, too. Along with garden art, decorations, and more, the show is a “must” for those who love a beautiful yard or who want to get a jump on their spring gardening.
The Sunday edition of the Blossom Craft Show features the Gorge Strings performing during the afternoon — a special treat for music lovers.
The Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers will be offering tasty Hood River pears fresh from controlled-atmosphere storage for sale.
The Special Olympics organization will also be on hand with a fundraiser to support its important work.
The annual Blossom Fest Quilt Show and Sale will be in the Floral Building at the fairgrounds.
More than 100 beautiful handmade quilts will be on display, with many of them for sale. This show and sale is a favorite of quilt-lovers from around the Northwest.
Follow the signs to the Hood River County Fairgrounds, located at the intersection of Wy’east and Summit Roads. There is no admission charge, and parking is free.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 20-21. Call the fair office at 541-354-2865 for additional information about attending, or visit www.hoodriverfair.org.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge