The Fourth Annual Lavender Festival was a success despite sizzling 90 degree temperatures this past Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15. The Annual Lavender Festival saw double the amount of patrons from last year. Booths reportedly did so well that they have already booked a space for next year’s Lavender Festival.
Vendors started setting up on the lawn of the Old Blanco Courthouse on Friday, June 13. They came from all over, carrying everything from marshmallow guns to beautiful jewelry. Local lavender farmers were well represented, offering hand made soaps, lotions, oils and much, much more.
Visitors to the festival had the opportunity to try some of lavender’s more unique combinations, such as lavender lemonade, lavender sausage and even lavender brownies. In the Old Blanco Courthouse speakers taught how to use lavender in cooking and aromatherapy. In addition to lavender, listeners learned about honey bees, growing organically, chocolates, and creating wonderful outdoor living spaces.
Author and pioneer of the area lavender farms, Jeannie Ralston told her story of her reluctant move to Blanco and her subsequent success in creating a new agricultural industry in the Hill Country.
There was story-telling at the Byars building hosted by the Blanco Historical Preservation Commission, with local residents and descendants of the original settlers regaling the history of the first families in Blanco and celebrating the 150th birthday of Blanco County. On display were memorabilia, photographs, and antiques dating back to the 1800’s.
Music could be heard all over the square, with live music playing in Bindseil Park and acoustic music under the big tent.
The Blanco Chamber of Commerce featured a Go Texan wine tent and sold samples of ten of Texas’ best wines, along with showcasing some of Texas’ best beers, including Blanco’s own Real Ale.
Due to the dedication and hard work of all of the volunteers, vendors, and the staff at the Chamber of Commerce, the Fourth Annual Lavender Festival was a huge success.