I just returned from the Lavender Festival in Sequim, Washington.
The Annual Sequim Lavender Festival is the premier celebration of the joys of lavender and the largest lavender festival in North America. Sequim is located on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, cradled in the “rain shadow” of the Olympic Mountains and Olympic National Park. The Sequim-Dungeness Valley has an ideal microclimate for growing lavender and with less than 20 inches of rain per year; the area is similar to the Provence region of France. Because of the unique conditions and dedicated farmers, Sequim lavender has received world-wide recognition for its superior quality and fragrance.
The Festival includes the opportunity to visit seven unique lavender farms where you are not only treated to the fabulous scent and views, but also get to partake in an array of music, art, crafts, food, and many demonstrations. It is the most well organized Festival I have ever been to.
I was very impressed with the FREE PET SITTING that was provided at the Street Fair.
Started in 2001, Olympic Gentle Paws has sponsored a pet sitting service at the Sequim Lavender Festival. Dogs are not allowed at the lavender farms and because the festival is held at the end of July, temperatures can get very dangerous for animals left in cars. They provide shade, crates, exercise pens, water, treats (Thanks to "Yummy Chummies", wild Alaska salmon doggie treats from Artic Paws LLC, who donated a case of treats for the dogs.), and attention for 30 minutes, an hour or all day. Your pet is in good hands, at a safe place, while you can enjoy the street fair and visit the lavender farms. Olympic Gentile Paws enjoys providing this community service and do not charge a fee, but do accept donations to our club.
HOW GREAT IS THIS?!?!
Olympic Gentle Paws is a therapy dog club whose purpose is to utilize their dogs to provide comfort and companionship to people in retirement homes, assisted-living facilities, and Alzheimer facilities. They also visit schools, have a reading program at the Port Angeles Library, and provide many other services for the community.