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Despite rain rolling through, the event brought a big Saturday crowd to the county fairgrounds.

Plants, flowers and the tools of gardening passion spread out widely on the grounds of the Clackamas County Fairgrounds Saturday morning.

Could it really have been two years since visitors had the chance to wander the grounds and enjoy the wares of the Spring Garden Fair? The answer would be "yes," but that was in the past and late morning April 30 brought visitors streaming through the gates to reacquaint themselves with the annual event put on by the Clackamas County Master Gardeners at the event center in Canby.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - There were colors galore during the opening hours of this year's return of the Spring Garden Fair at the county fairgrounds in Canby.

The garden fair's return was much anticipated, even if the rain paid a visit several times.

"Oh, it's fantastic," Molalla's Candice Owens said as she pulled a small wagon filled with greenery behind her. "The weather has been kind of crappy of late, but I've been getting my yard ready for whatever I picked up here today. I love the fair and always find things to brighten my yard. I'm really delighted that it got to return."

And that seemed to be the theme of the Spring Garden's Fair — an enthusiastic welcome back from those who value it year to year.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - There are all kinds of interesting and unique items available outside of the usual plants and tools at this year's Spring Garden Fair.

"I come every year, every single year for probably the past decade or more," said Chet Philyaw of Wilsonville. "I used to say my wife dragged me here every year, but the truth is I enjoy the chance to find something new for the yard or garden. Not having it the last couple of years sort of left a hole in things. I guess it had become a traditional spring thing for us. It is great to be back, see all the gardening things and the people enjoying it again."

In addition to the plants, flowers, tools and other items that the garden calls for, the event continues to offer specialized classes and a host of other activities designed to educate and accentuate the gardening experience.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - Even with a few rain showers, the attendance at this year's returning Spring Garden Fair was good during the opening morning at the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby.

"I think a lot of people missed this and are excited to see it back," Owens said. "It's also kind of a note that things are starting to get back to some sense of normal."

The event runs until 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the fairgrounds.


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