COVID Cancels Lavender Festival
The Lavender Association of Colorado cancelled its annual Festival in Palisade citing concerns about COVID-19.
Bob Korver, LAC president said that because the festival draws such a large number of people from throughout Colorado and the Intermountain West along with attendees from other countries , they felt that the festival could have the potential to spread the disease. He says they couldn’t figure out a way to practice safe social distancing in the park and on our guided bus tours.
That means a loss of some sales but it now appears individual farmers are planning a virtual workaround. Kelly Hepler president of the Colorado Agritourism Association and Director of Delta County Tourism says people are getting “crazy creative.”
Hepler: “What we’re doing is creating a flip book and there’s a video on one side that’s like you’re walking along with the farmer taking the tour as if you were there in real life. So we’re giving the tour, we’re talking about the farm, we’re giving how to use the product. We’re hoping that the sales will come through their internet. Then when it’s all said and done it’s kind of like a travel planner if you will. Oh gosh that place was so cool. When Covid is gone I want to go see it. And they know they can go to these farms.”
In the meantime the Lavender Association is already planning for next year. The 2021 event is planned for 3 days from June 25-27th. There will be actual self-guided tours, motor coach tours and wine and dinner events.
There are more than 16,000 commercial lavender plants in Western Colorado and 20 commercial growers from Palisade to Paonia according to published reports.