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Fun on the Field returns with Lavender Festival



For the second year, children and families have something else to smile about at the

Sequim Lavender Festival.

Fun on the Field, a nonprofit vendor and activities fair, takes place July 16-18 on Sequim High School's green field, across the road from the festival street fair on Fir Street between Sequim and Third avenues.

"It's one of the largest family activities in the city," said Scott Nagel, the festival's executive director.

The event, which runs during the hours of the festival, 9 a.m-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 16-17, and 9 a.m.-

6 p.m. Sunday, July 18, features about 20 nonprofit organizations set up in booths. Each hosts a hands-on activity or demonstration for children and families.

"Last year, our first year, people didn't realize what was going on," said Kelly Jo Hill, festival volunteer director and administrative director.

"This year I took the ball and ran with it."

Some of the activities include candle-making, horse riding, bean bag toss, face painting and pottery decorating.

There is fun for adults, too.

"A stage will be there, and we have several events scheduled," Hill said.

Hapy's Oasis Dance Company, Olympic Mountain Cloggers and Puppy Pilots are performing. Open mic opportunities for fair attendees are scheduled between performances.

"We're trying to make it a place where everybody can come out and enjoy themselves," Hill said.

Olympic National Park plans to display a model of the Elwha Dam. Children and adults can explore the model and learn what will happen to the sediment when the Glines Canyon Dam is removed.

Sequim High's FFA (Future Farmers of America) booth, staffed by students, sells nachos, snow cones and salmon jerky as well as have animals on site.

"It's designed to be a place where you can unwind and wander around in the grass," said Hill.

Becky Northaven with Northaven Herding demonstrates with herding dogs three times a day.

"It's educational," said Hill.

The Border Patrol is bringing cars and a motorcycle and uses dogs to demonstrate how drug searches are conducted.

A classic car show is at 11 a.m. Sunday.

"It is a great event and it's a community support of all the local nonprofits," said Hill.

For more information about Fun on the Field, visit www.lavenderfestival.com/kids.

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Our apologies to Kelly Jo Hill, her name was misspelled in the print edition Wednesday.
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