For the love of lavender
At the upcoming Eagle Creek Lavender Festival, attendees will be able to craft flower wands, enjoy lavender ice cream and visit with alpacas, all while enjoying the scenery of the 20 acre farm along the Clackamas River.
Mary and Bill Jabs of Eagle Creek Lavender will host the festival, in its third year, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, at 27525 S.E. Starr Road. Parking is $5 per car.
"It's fun being able to share what we have," Mary said. "(The festival) is a lot of work, but it's a party."
The farm along the bank of the Clackamas River is home to 20,000 lavender plants. Within that number, there are 12 varieties of the flower, including french fields, buena vista and blue mountain white.
During the festival, attendees will be able to browse the fields of lavender and participate in self-serve flower cutting. Lavender bath products, culinary items and satchels of the flower, among other items, will be available for purchase.
The Sandy-based Cedar Springs Alpacas will be at the event with several fuzzy friends, including a seven month old baby alpaca.
The event will also feature a variety of antique cars for viewing, and additional vendors will connect attendees with everything from from handmade jewelry and garden art to lavender lemonade and honey lavender chicken.
Last year, the festival drew approximately 1,000 people. This year, the Jabs hope for around 1,500 attendees.
They added that there's something for everybody at the event.
"What's unique about us is the scenery with the Clackamas River, and we'll have (the) antique cars out," Bill said. "People can experience the lavender, and people can experience the river. We're just a bit different."
The Jabs started Eagle Creek Lavender four years ago. The property was previously a Christmas tree farm.
In the coming year, Bill and Mary plan to add an additional 4,000 lavender plants to their operation. They both cite french fields as their favorite variety of the flower.
The duo looks forward to welcoming visitors to the lavender festival once again.
"I think they'll be utterly surprised at what lavender farms have to offer," Bill said.
What: Third annual Eagle Creek Lavender Festival.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24.
Where: Eagle Creek Lavender, 27525 S.E. Starr Road.
More information: www.eaglecreeklavender.com.