Nonprofits share stage at Lavender Fest

In an effort to focus more attention on nonprofit groups, Lavender Festival organizers have created "Fun on the Field."

The new event brings more than 25 nonprofit groups to Sequim School District's athletic field.

"This is an opportunity to bring awareness to their causes and provide more opportunities at the festival, in addition to the family events at the farm," said Scott Nagel, executive director for the Lavender Festival.

"The festival is very crowded, so we wanted to better serve them."

The nonprofits will be placed in a U-shape with a shaded seating area in the middle.

Activities and information will be available from each group on its different cause, and some will be selling lavender items as fundraisers.

"What's neat about this is that gives people the chance to meet people involved with each group and see what they are all about," said Mary Budke, unit director for the Boys & Girls Club in Sequim,.

Nagel said the focus of the Lavender Festival is shifting to a younger, family-oriented audience each year.

"We thought the family emphasis would fit well with an old-fashioned fair concept," he said.

"This is becoming a low-cost, fun weekend for families."

"I think it's going to be really-kid friendly," Budke said.

A stage will be open on a first-come, first-perform basis to any performers/groups that sign up at the Boys & Girls' Club booth.

Those who travel with dogs can have them watched by the Welfare for Animals Guild, WAG.

Fun on the Field runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 17-19.

Free parking for persons with disabilities will be available at the Sequim Food Bank, 144 W. Alder St., after noon on Friday.

Fun on the Field groups

_ 4-H Homegrown & Growing: providing hands-on craft project and selling lavender jelly, cookies and lemonade.

_ American Red Cross: first aid demonstrations, Q&A and coloring books.

_ Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula: beeswax candles, bath salts, rice crispy treats and cotton candy making.

_ Boy Scouts of Sequim, Troop 1492: handmade walking sticks profiting National Jamboree in 2010 in Arlington, VA..

_ Camp Fire USA Teens in Action: lanyard and bookmark making.

_ Clallam County Emergency Response: van on display.

_ Dungeness River Audubon Center & Partners: educational activities.

_ Girl Scouts of Sequim: making friendship bracelets and handmade crafts for sale.

_ Greywolf Cub Scouts 4490: wooden craft kits for crab crackers and trays with giveaways.

_ New Dungeness Light Station: educational games for all ages.

_ Native Horsemanship Riding Center: horse rides.

_ North Olympic Salmon Coalition: sock puppet theater and create your own salmon-related plays.

_ Nor'Wester Rotary: raffle tickets for a 2008 Hyundai Tiburon and cash prizes to benefit scholarships and local community projects.

_ Old Dominion University: face painting for kids of all ages.

_ Relay for Life Teams: beanbag toss competition where participants will receive prizes. Luminary bags also for sale.

_ Sequim High School FFA: make your own snow cone with proceeds funding programs such as the greenhouse exhibit at the county fair and field trips.

_ Sisho City Association: lavender memories and Japanese dreams costume photo booth. Choose turn-of-the-century attire or Japanese costumes such as kimonos, samurai and animal costumes. Photos will be printed on site.

_ Special Needs Advocacy Parents, SNAP: coloring pages created from original art of the SNAP Enterprize students with coloring books for sale.

_ Welfare for Animals Guild, WAG: dog tricks and performances such as dancing and disc catching.

__ Food: Dawg Cart - Hot dogs, sausages, water and candy.

_ Vendors: Kathy's Children Wearables, Critter Creations, Nimbus Candles and Learn & Play.

Lavender Festival tickets

Farm Tour tickets for the Lavender Festival are on sale.

A $5 discount to all active duty military, National Guard and Reserves and their dependents is available with valid military I.D.

The community appreciation discount, a $5 advance sale coupon, is available in the Sequim Gazette and its Web site. The coupon is valid through Thursday, July 16. Only one discount may be used at a time.

Tickets can be purchased online at, but discounts do not apply.

Tickets provide admission to all seven lavender farms on tour and round-trip bus transportation.

Farm Tour tickets regularly cost $15 and children 12 and under are free.

Coupons can be redeemed at these locations:

Cedarbrook Lavender & Herb Farm, Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm, Lost Mountain Lavender Farm, Olympic Lavender Farm, Port Williams Lavender, Purple Haze Lavender Farm and Store, Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm, Sequim-Dungeness Valley Visitor Center, all Kitsap Banks, QFC, Hurricane Coffee Company, Henry's Garden Center, Frick Drugs, The Sauer Kraut and Wild Birds Unlimited.

For more information go online to, contact or call toll free 877-681-3035.

Festival seeks volunteers

Sequim's Lavender Festival organizers are reaching out to community members to volunteer for this year's event. This year, almost 200 volunteers are needed for the festival.

Kelly Jo Hill, volunteer director, said many positions are available to work at the street fair and as tour guides for the farm tours July 17-19.

"A little bit of everything is left," Hill said.

Volunteers can choose to sell farm tour ticket buttons, distribute programs, greet visitors, work on the production crew, give directions and/or more.

Many people in the past have shied away from helping because they think they must pull weeds at the farms.

Hill said this isn't true and people can help in a variety of ways as representatives of the festival.

For the street fair, three information booths will be set up -- at each end of Fir Street and at the intersection of Second Avenue and Alder Street.

Each of the seven lavender farms will have an information booth at its entrance to regulate tickets, parking and provide information.

Volunteers are needed for noon-4 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-

7 p.m.

As a "thank you," volunteers will receive one free farm tour ticket button and a festival T-shirt. A minimum four-hour shift is required for the freebies. A volunteer appreciation luncheon is set for Aug. 16.

"The festival would not be possible without the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who contribute to this amazing community celebration," Hill said.

Hill is optimistic the festival will get the volunteers it needs.

"The volunteerism spirit is still strong," she said.

Online volunteer applications can be processed immediately at to schedule an appointment. Paper applications also can be fast-tracked by calling the festival office at 681-3024 or by leaving a message with Kelly Jo Hill at 461-3957.

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