HERMISTON -- If you're captivated by the scent of lavender, you'll want to head for Hermiston on July 10.
The Purple Ridge Lavender Farm, owned by Jim and Sheri Konningrud, will be the site of a festival featuring all things lavender from noon to 8 p.m.
"This will be one of the most fragrant festivals Hermiston has had," said Jordawn Wambeke of Hermiston. She's helping the Konningruds organize the festival, which will be the first time the public has been invited to visit their lavender farm.
Visitors will be able to pick their own lavender bouquet, see how lavender oil is distilled from the plants and purchase a wide variety of products including lotions, oil, sachets, eye pads, bundles of fresh and dried lavender and lavender-scented goats' milk soap.
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"And if you find a lavender you like -- I believe they grow 20 varieties -- they also sell plant starts," Wambeke said.
Bellinger Farms will have sweet Hermiston melons for sale. Watercolor artist Linda Hoover of Richland will have a display and paint with other artists in the lavender fields.
There also will be live music, antiques and home and garden decor, plus food and beverage vendors, including one offering lavender lemonade.
"The festival will be set up right in the fields of blooming lavender," Wambeke said.
General admission is $8 per person; or $10 if you want to add wine tasting.
"Neil Cooper, owner of Cooper Wine Co. in Benton City, one of the many wineries on Red Mountain, is coming for sure and I'm working for a few more. My goal is to have four wineries sampling their wines," Wambeke said.
The festival is a fundraiser for Agape House, a Christian mission that feeds, clothes and shelters those in need in the Hermiston area.
"Parking is fairly limited at the farm but there's a shuttle service from downtown to the farm," Wambeke said. "Look for the signs on Southeast Second Street, by Community Bank."
The Purple Ridge Lavender Farm is at 29081 Bridge Road just west of Hermiston.
For more information on the festival call 541-314-3751.
For information on Agape House go to www.hermistonagapehouse.org.
* Loretto J. Hulse: 509-582-1513; email@example.com