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Quilting: a true labor of love

Visit the Hood River County Fairgrounds for the hugely popular Blossom Craft Show and the wonderful Blossom Fest Quilt Show and Sale, April 15-16….

In springtime, the beautiful Hood River Valley is famous for it’s blanket of thousands of acres of blooming pear, apple, and cherry orchards. The valley’s communities celebrate this spectacular floral display with the annual Blossom Festival. Two of the festival’s most popular events–the Blossom Craft Show and the Blossom Fest Quilt Show–take place Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16, from 10am to 5pm. The fairgrounds are located in the midst of orchard country at 3020 Wy’east Road, near the community of Odell. Admission and parking are free.

The Blossom Craft Show features something for everyone. Artists, craftspeople, and vendors from around the Northwest will be on hand offering wonderful arts and crafts, yard plants, garden art, rhododendrons, azaleas, handcrafted home furnishings and decorations, gourmet food products, jewelry, pottery, beads, clothing, and much more. Taste award-winning wines at the Show and enjoy delicious food. More than 100 vendor booths!

Gardeners will want to be sure to attend the Odell Garden Club’s popular annual plant sale Saturday at the Craft Show. The Hood River Valley High School FFA organization will be there both days offering a variety of plants for sale from their greenhouse, as will professional growers of shrubs and plants. Add vendors offering garden art, decorations, and more, the show is a “must” for those who love a beautiful yard, or who want to get a jump on their spring gardening.

The Special Olympics organization will be there with a fundraiser to support their important work, and the Hood River Art Club will have a gallery-style display of paintings and fine art. The Blossom Craft Show is organized by the Hood River County Fair Board.

Along with the Blossom Craft Show, the annual Blossom Fest Quilt Show and Sale will also be taking place at the fairgrounds, in the Floral Building. More than 100 beautiful handmade quilts will be on display, with many of them for sale. This outstanding show and sale is a favorite of quilt-lovers from around the Northwest.

The Blossom Craft Show hours are 10am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16. Call the fair office at 541-354-2865 for additional information, email hrfair@hrecn.net, or check the website at www.hoodriverfair.org. Vendor information and applications are on the website. Follow us on Facebook!

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