Dahlia Festival resumes this weekend
The days of summer are dwindling away, but dahlia season is in full bloom. The flowers are splashing color across the nearly 40 acres that make up Canby's own Swan Island Dahlias, ready for the Annual Dahlia Festival which continues for one more Saturday-to-Monday weekend: Aug. 31 through Sept. 2.
The festival features food, treats and brews from vendors, live music, family fun and of course flowers galore.
Live music will play from noon to 4 p.m. daily, featuring the country band Samsel on Saturday, Aug. 31, jazz act Rae Gordon on Sunday, Sept. 1, and country singer Nate Botsford on Monday, Sept. 2.
Food and drink will be available from vendors such as Dano's Dogs, Ebner's Custom Meats, St. Joseph's Winery, Tall Boy Fish & Chips and more.
Swan Island Dahlias offers free parking and free admission for the event so that guests can spend a day with loved ones potentially without spending a dime.
"We just want everybody to enjoy," third-generation dahlia farmer Heather Gitts Schloe previously told The Herald.
In addition to great music and yummy eats, the highlight of the festival is the indoor floral display, according to Gitts Schloe. It is the largest display by one grower anywhere in the United States.
Each year, Swan Island Dahlias hires florists to make it happen. They start in the morning and work until it's finished. Now that the first weekend has passed, they'll redo the entire display for the final festival weekend.
Throughout the display and fields, guests will enjoy approximately 370 varieties of dahlias with unique names, such as Who Me?, Gitts Crazy, Raz-Ma-Taz or Junkyard Dog.
"We're known in the dahlia industry for our names," Gitts Schloe said.
Guests are invited to come see Junkyard Dog and the other dahlias at the festival during field hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and indoor display hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. And start thinking about your own dahlia garden as next season's tubers are 10 percent off during the festival.
More information, the complete schedule and the list of bands and vendors can be found online at dahlias.com/annualdahliafestival.aspx.
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