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Purple power: Lavender Festival features arts, crafts, soaps, oils, foods

The healing properties of lavender can be found by using your senses of sight, smell, taste, and touch.

Lavender in the Village’s 12th annual Lavender Festival features arts and crafts inspired by the purple-hued flower, as well as aromatherapy oils, baked goods and beverages that include lavender and calming lotions and soaps.

“Every year the event grows,” said event planner Dean Strober of Blue River Productions. “This year we’re 100 vendors. It’s really wonderful. We definitely have some farms taking part. There will be fresh lavender – some potted, some freshly picked – and we have a lot of vendors that make products out of lavender, with lotions and creams and candles, and we have a lot of culinary vendors with baked goods and cookies and pies and artists of every medium – painting, stained glass, blown glass and lots of creative work that features lavender. … There will be a lot of wineries and breweries taking part. They have a lot of lavender beer and sangria.”

Parents and guardians can enjoy the event in peace by dropping their children off at Kids Camp. Children will take part in a yoga class, enjoy presentations on birds of prey by Hawks Aloft and on butterflies by Wings of Enchantment, and create lavender-themed crafts. The Kids Camps are scheduled around adult yoga classes to allow parents to take classes while their children are entertained. Adult yoga classes will be held at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.

Online sign-up for Kids Camps and adult yoga is strongly encouraged, because both fill up quickly. Children can also take part in a chess competition hosted by Learners Chess of Albuquerque. Parents and guardians can sign up their children at learnerschess.org.

“We have new musicians coming this year on the main stage,” Strober said. “There’s always something new. There are new vendors, new artists, new farmers taking part. There are new food trucks that will be out there, as well, and we are bringing back the kids’ chess championship, which was a huge hit last year. We didn’t know how that would go. It was fun seeing all these kids out there playing chess. It was great.”

Lavender in the Village’s Lavender Festival not only celebrates the love of lavender but also helps the community.

“It’s a fundraising event for (nonprofit) Lavender in the Village,” Strober said. “It is their only fundraising event they do, and 100 percent of the proceeds, every penny, is used to support Los Ranchos educational and agricultural programs. One is the Los Ranchos Farm Camp. They send kids who can’t otherwise afford it to the camp. They make the farm camp more affordable to kids who otherwise can’t attend. It’s all about sustainability and agriculture, and it’s a lot of fun.”

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