Sequim: Thousands coming to smell and savor lavender this weekend

SEQUIM — Paint the town purple.

The sixth annual Celebrate Lavender Festival gets under way today and thousands of visitors are expected.

The festival runs through Sunday and features tours of eight area lavender farms, a street fair, a 5K race, a melodrama and an evening of musical entertainment.

The event is sponsored by the Sequim Lavender Growers Association, a group of more than 30 independent farms in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley.

To accommodate expected larger crowds, the festival was expanded to three days this year.

Previously, Celebrate Lavender Festival was only held on Saturdays and Sundays.

Grower Dave Knapman of Sequim Valley Lavender says an advantage of growing lavender is that it helps prevent development of farmland.

The National Weather Service is forecasting mild temperatures this weekend in Sequim, ranging from a high of 66 today to a high of 72 Sunday.

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