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The event features crafts, live music, food and the recognition of local lavender

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - The annual Willamette Valley Lavender Festival will return to Newberg July 13-14 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

The annual Willamette Valley Lavender Festival will soon return to Newberg.

This year marks the fourth year the festival and the Plein Air Art Show has called Newberg home. The event began as the Yamhill Lavender Festival in 2005, when several Yamhill-area lavender farmers decided to plan a small fete in that city as a local fundraiser.

That turned into an annual tradition that continued growing from a few booths to a city block to the nearby Beulah City Park in Yamhill and then finally moving to the Chehalem Cultural Center in 2015. The center took over planning and organizing the event last year for the first time.

The event takes place July 13-14 and celebrates regional lavender, food, art, music and handmade crafts. The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 13 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14. It also features lavender farms from around the area, showcasing their various lavender-based products.

More than 100 artists will participate in the outdoor art festival during the Oregon Lavender Paint Out event, which takes place in lavender fields in the weeks leading up to the show. It attracts both aspiring and professional artists from across the region.

Organizers boast that the 2019 festival and art show will feature more art and craft vendors than ever before, while also welcoming craft makers from past years.

This is also the third year the festival has featured a youth art contest and essential oil showcase. Children create their artwork on site, with all materials being provided and ribbons getting awarded for exceptional work.

The Essential Oil Showcase will feature lavender essential oil that has been judged and awarded; festival guests will have the opportunity to explore and vote for their own favorite oils.

There are several vendors for festival goers to stop and see during their two days, ranging from Sophisticated Breads, the Lavender Shop, Joe Bennet Glass Designs, Alita Pearl Silver and Leather, Repurposed Wood Studio, and several others.

Additionally, several bands and musicians will perform during the festival, with folks able to partake in a glass of local lavender beer or wine. Five food trucks will also be on site offering their full menus, including lavender infused options, to pair with the lavender inspired beverages. There will be some new faces to the festival, such as Lonestar BBQ from Dayton, while familiar favorites like Cream Northwest will be returning.

Music performances will include the Eric Ching Band, The Jake Blair Band, Mary Kadderly & Dan Gildea, and Dante Zapata over the course of two days.

For more information, or for a full list of vendors, visit www.wvlavenderfestival.org/.

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