Lavender Festival returns July 12
Tucked away in Helvetia, a small community separate from suburban Washington County life, fields of lavender are ready to pick in the heat of July.
This month Helvetia Lavender Farms is bringing back its star of the summer, the Helvetia Lavender Festival, with opportunities to listen to music, check out several booths, drink tea, eat scones and see more than 60 varieties of lavender.
Owners Don and Nancy Miller purchased the property in 1979, and 40 years later, it is now a part of the larger Oregon Lavender Festival.
"They were drawn to the area by their desire to live out in the country, enjoy the beautiful hills of Helvetia and be good stewards of the land," said Anne Trump, the granddaughter of the Millers and the farm's manager.
After participating in the Portland Lavender Festival in 2006, a conversation started with the founders of the Yamhill Lavender Festival, resulting in the formation of the Oregon Lavender Association. Beginning in 2017, the festivals though out Oregon joined in the Oregon Lavender Festival.
Helvetia Lavender Farms' first festival was held in 2006 with several hundred visitors in attendance — and today, more than 10,000 people visit the fields.
Part of the proceeds go toward Samaritan Ministries in Ukraine, which was founded by owner Don Miller, and today provides safe and loving homes for widows, supports a rehab center and encourages the development of social enterprises among many other forms of assistance, Trump said.
The festival begins on Friday, July 12, and goes to Sunday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 12814 N.W. Bishop Road, Hillsboro. Tickets are currently on sale at helvetialavenderfarm.com. Adults prices are $5 and admission is free for ages one to 16.
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