The 10th annual Colorado Lavender Festival scheduled for June 26-28, 2020 was canceled April 7 due to concerns about the COVID 19 pandemic. The Lavender Association of Colorado members’ meeting scheduled for May 2 was also postponed until a later date to be announced.
“The safety and health of our festival attendees, vendors and presenters is our utmost concern and the Lavender Association of Colorado board of directors felt that at this time we couldn’t guarantee that we would have a low risk festival environment,” said Bob Korver, LAC president.
It was the decision of the board to cancel now so that people and vendors wanting to attend the festival can make other plans for that weekend
“Because we draw such a large number of people from throughout Colorado and the Intermountain West and have had attendees from other countries in the past, we felt that the festival could have the potential to spread the disease and we didn’t want to do that,” he added. “We couldn’t figure out a way to practice safe social distancing in the park and on our guided bus tours.”
“We know that lavender enthusiasts will be disappointed that they won’t have the opportunity to learn more about the fragrant herb and to purchase lavender products, but the risks are too great this year.”
A lot of planning had gone into the 2020 festival but the group hopes to use some of those plans next year during during a festival on June 25-27, 2021. The group will try to get posted on its website (coloradolavender.org) contact information on vendors scheduled to be at this year’s festival so that people can order products on-line to meet their lavender needs.
They will also try to post a “webinar” on the website to whet people’s appetite as to some of the things they can learn at the festival in 2021. Also on the website is a map featuring members of the association so that the public can look up farms that are close to them. People can contact the individual farms to see if they will be open to the public and when would be the best time to visit to see the lavender in bloom. Bloom times vary around the state due to elevation and the weather.
“We are very disappointed that we have had to cancel the 2020 festival and are so thankful for the support that the public, our sponsors and vendors have given us. We will immediately begin planning for 2021 and look forward to seeing everyone then,” Korver said