Members of the Sequim Lavender Farmers Association stand in the James Center for Performing Arts’ bandshell where they’ll hold part of their Sequim Lavender Farm Faire on July 15-17. Some lavender farmers participants include, from top left, Randy Nicholson, Mike Shirkey, Gary Stachurski, front left, Beth Norris, Carmen Ragsdale, Vickie Oen, Sue Shirkey, Marcella Stachurski and Janet Abbott. Photo courtesy of Steve Ragsdale
The Sequim Lavender Farmers Association announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, it plans to host its Sequim Lavender Farm Faire, formerly Sequim Lavender Farms Festival, on July 15-17, in Carrie Blake Park.
Organizers coined the festival “Lavender in the Park,” an event they hope to feature at Carrie Blake Park, at the James Center for the Performing Arts and the Water Reuse Park site during the traditional lavender festival weekend in July.
City site approval and permits are pending.
Joe Irvin, City of Sequim interim planning director, said he received the group’s special event application Jan. 26, and held an initial meeting with city department heads, Clallam County Fire District 3 and lavender farmers on Feb. 4.
“We accomplished a lot at that meeting,” Irvin said.
“This is an event that’s new and proposes to use Sequim Reuse Park, which hasn’t been used like this in the past,” he said. “I can say with confidence their plans are thorough. We expect to issue the permit with conditions, which is typical of all events, in one to two weeks.”
Irvin said some conditions would be making sure there is an appropriate parking management plan, way-finding signs and adequate trash pick-up.
Other projects shouldn’t have an impact on the festivity, Irvin said.
Sequim Family Advocates plans to begin their project in the Water Reuse Park late May or early June and stop construction during the festivity.
The city is also planning to chip seal Rhodefer Road, the main access road to the James Center, before or after the event.
“We’re excited because it provides way more opportunities to grow with a friendly and inviting environment,” said Steve Ragsdale, president of the lavender farmers group.
Lavender in the Park features vendor booths from lavender farmers, crafts from the Pacific Northwest, food, a beer and wine garden, displays and exhibits, a nonprofit community area with family activities, and music in the band shell through the weekend.
The six farms tour will continue with Guy Cole Convention Center serving as a hub for buses and the Farms on Tour attraction.
Farms include Cedarbrook Lavender & Herb Farm, Jardin du Soleil Lavender, Olympic Lavender, Port Williams Lavender, Purple Haze Lavender and Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm.
Ragsdale said parking would be on-site with partnerships being developed nearby the event.
The Farm Faire will run the same weekend as the original Sequim Lavender Festival, organized by the Sequim Lavender Growers Association. This summer’s event marks the 15th annual Lavender Festival.
The lavender growers are planning a self-guided farm tour and the street fair on Fir Street.
According to Craig Ritchie, City of Sequim attorney, there are no policies against holding two large events at the same time.
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