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Blossom Fest

58th Annual Hood River Valley Blossom Festival

Date: Saturday and Sundays, April 14-29, 2012 with the traditional events occurring on April 21st and 22nd.

Time: Blossom Fest Kiosks are open from 10am-4pm.

April 14th & 15th

April 21st & 22nd-Traditional Blossom Fest Weekend

April 28th & 29th

Nothing compares to spring in the Hood River Valley, where the abundance of fruit trees produce spectacular blossoms of pink, white, and peach. The Hood River Blossom Fest, now over 50 years old, celebrates the arrival of spring with events and attractions throughout the Gorge over these three special weeks in April. Hood River Valley, which spans the north slope of Mt. Hood to the South shore of the Columbia River Gorge, is the largest pear-growing region in Oregon, producing 50% of the nations’ winter pear crop—with an abundance of cherry and apples as well. These beautiful orchards come to life in spring when they bloom. Visitors to Blossom Fest will want to drive the world-famous 35-mile-long Fruit Loop, where farm stands, alpaca ranches, and wineries share the best of the rural lifestyle. This gorgeous drive is the showpiece of Blossom Fest and winds through the Festival’s activities at over 20 different venues. Craft and quilt shows, pancake breakfasts, a pansy party, a grange blossom dinner, wine and beer tasting are all part of the festivities. Baked goods, preserves, yarn, fresh produce—it’s a festival for the whole family. Come visit!

Here are some examples of Blossom Fest Activities that you won’t want to miss:

Rasmussen Farms Pansy Party

3020 Thomsen Road, Hood River

Every Friday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Every Saturday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Every Sunday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Admission: Free

Featuring all kinds of pansies! Frost-hardy perennials, herbs, annuals, and accent plants, singles or flats. Beautiful and blooming deck and patio planters, hanging baskets. Oregon food products. Crisp apples and pears. Sampling of all products. All areas under cover. Lots of parking.

Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour

Columbia Gorge

Friday April 13 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday April 14 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday April 15 10:00am – 5:00 pm

Admission: Free

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The Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour will be Friday April 13 – Sunday April 15, 10 am – 5 pm this year. 25 local artists in Hood River, Mosier, The Dalles and White Salmon open their studios to show their working environments. You’ll see furniture, glass, fiber, pastels, oils, watercolor, photography, cloisonne enamel, mixed media and ceramics. A map to all the art studios is available for $15 at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Books in Hood River, and Ten Speed Coffee in Mosier.

Columbia Gorge Wineries-Passport Weekend ‘A World of Wine in 40 Miles’

Columbia Gorge Wineries in Washington and Oregon

Friday April 13 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday April 14 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday April 15 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

www.columbiagorgewine.com

Join us in the scenic Columbia River Gorge for Passport Weekend. Our wineries in Oregon & Washington will be offering exclusive specials for Passport Holders. Lodging and dining specials also available. Passports are $15 each (a $5 to $800 value in potential savings) and can be purchased online soon. Our wineries span the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area through 40 miles of peaceful, open-roads running through double mountain views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Stay a long weekend; one day can be spent in our Washington wineries (spanning from Underwood to Goldendale), next in our Oregon wineries (spanning from Hood River thru The Dalles) and complete the weekend in our Hood River Tasting Rooms. It’s a wonderful way to spend the weekend and discover the variety of wines from the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Valley AVAs. For more information see www.ColumbiaGorgeWine.com

*Must be 21 or over

Kids Need Clean Water Art Sale & Charity Event

Salon Visio

708 Oak Street, Hood River

Saturday April 21 5:00 – 7:00 pm

www.facebook.com/events/355085327862648/

Come celebrate Earth Month 2012 with us! Artwork created by local children’s interpreting the importance of clean water will be available for purchase as a donation to our local Columbia Riverkeeper. Limited edition Aveda items, some raffle treats and of coarse adult beverages & appetizers will all be available for some kind and generous donations! Hope to see you there!

Apple Valley Blossom Festival Dessert Party & BBQ

Apple Valley Country Store

2363 Tucker Road, Hood River

Saturday April 21 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday April 22 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

www.applevalleystore.com

Apple Valley’s famous desserts are showcased during the Blossom Festival Dessert Party. Enjoy fresh baked pies, cobblers & Crisps. 50 different varieties of jams, syrups, pepper jellies and pie fillings, lots of free samples. Country BBQ serving cherry-wood smoked ribs, pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, all served with pear coleslaw and cider baked beans.

Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival

The Hood River Inn Best Western Plus

1108 E. Marina Way, Hood River

Saturday April 21 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday April 22 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Admission: Free

This annual includes 40 local fiber and yarn-related vendors. Workshops are available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Earth Day promotions, book signings, and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Blossom Flights

Hood River Airport

Saturday April 21 9:00 am – 4:30pm

Sunday April 22 9:00 am – 4:30pm

Admission: $40/person

www.flythegorge.com

Take a 20 minute Scenic Air Tour overlooking the orchards of the Hood River Valley. A unique look at Blossom Festival. Flights available from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Schedule ahead or just stop by. We’re at the Hood River Airport, 3608 Airport Drive. Call us at 541-386-1133.

Blossom Craft Show

Hood River County Fairgrounds

3020 Wy’east Road, Hood River

Saturday April 21 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday April 22 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Admission: Free

www.hoodriverfair.com

Blossom Craft Show features a wide variety of crafters from around the Northwest. Crafts, food, baked goods, wine tasting, plant sales, and much more. Quilt show with over 100 quilts on display and some for sale. Odell Garden Club’s annual plant sale on Saturday only. FFA barbeque and nursery rhodie and shrub plant sale on both days. Free admission and parking all weekend.

Annual Art of the Gorge

Columbia Gorge Hotel

4000 Westcliff Drive, Hood River

Saturday April 21 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm show

Saturday April 21 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm reception

Sunday April 22 9:00 am – 2:00 pm show

Admission: Free

www.columbiagorgehotel.com

The Columbia Gorge Hotel is partnering with local Gorge artists to display and sell their magnificent works. There will also be an opportunity to meet and greet the artists at a reception held Saturday evening.

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast

West Side Fire Department Station 1

4250 Barrett Drive, Hood River

Sunday April 22 7:00 am – 11:00 am

Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $4, Children $3, under 6 free

Come-one, come-all to the fire hall! All-you-can-eat pancake, ham, and egg breakfast. All proceeds benefit the volunteer fire department.

Download a copy of the 2012 Blossom Fest Activities & Route here.

Directions:

Coming East on I-84, take exit 64, take a left under the overpass toward Hwy 35. The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce road-side stand will be on your right near Tum-A-Lum Lumber Company. Coming West on I-84, take exit 62, take a right. You will see the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce road-side stand on your right near The Red Carpet Inn.

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