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Palisade’s Colorado Lavender Festival offers ‘edu-tainment’ for all

Tours of local lavender farms, like this one, are scheduled for Friday, July 12 (a paid bus tour) and self-guided, free tours on Sunday, July 14.
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WHAT: 3rd annual Colorado Lavender Festival

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, July 12-14, in Palisade

WHERE: Friday — All-day guided motorcoach Tour to blooming lavender farms.

Saturday — Free festival in the park in Palisade with vendors, seminars, food & wine.

Sunday — Self-guided agri-tours & events (12 locations to visit)

INFO: http://www.coloradolavender.org

Lavender: It’s a color, a scent and the Grand Valley’s next big cash crop. And this weekend, Palisade’s Colorado Lavender Festival will offer edu-tainment, tours, local vendors and more Friday through Sunday, July 12-14.

“We get a lot of interest from people outside the area,” Lavender Association of Western Colorado President Sunny Howland said, from Denver to Wyoming. “The word is out. It’s the only lavender festival in Colorado.”

Friday will kick off the festival with an agri-tourism component from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



“We have a guided motorcoach tour, and two bus loads of people will visit five different farms, three in Palisade and two in Paonia,” Howland said.

Tickets must be purchased for the Friday bus tour in advance.



Saturday will host the main festival component with almost 40 vendors selling all things lavender from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

According to Howland, this year’s festival features a number of new vendors selling crafts, lotions, potions and essential oils. Plus, local wineries will showcase their lavender-infused nectars. They will be displaying their wares Saturday, July 13, at Palisade’s Memorial Park. There will also be food, cooking demonstrations, workshops and more.

Then, on Sunday folks are invited to visit a variety of lavender farms found throughout Mesa County, Delta County and Montrose. There, tours will be given as well as demonstrations on essential oils, cooking and crafts.

“That is all free,” Howland said. “Some farms are offering lunch and food for a small fee. There’s no charge to visit the farms.”

A map to all farms participating in Sunday tours is available at http://www.coloradolavender.org and in the festival program.


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