3/26/12 Annual Blossom Fest a County Tradition
Nothing says spring quite like fruit trees in bloom, and Hood River County celebrates the arrival of spring in style with their annual Blossom Fest. Hood River Valley, which spans the north slope of Mount Hood to the south shore of the Columbia River Gorge, is the largest pear-growing region in Oregon, producing 50% of the nation’s winter pear crop. It’s also home to an abundance of cherry and apples orchards. This translates into acres and acres of beautiful fruit blossoms along the Valley roads.
Blossom Fest (April 14-29) is a perfect opportunity for the winter-weary to visit Hood River County for a dose of Oregon’s beautiful springtime. The celebration’s main stars—the beautiful pink and white fruit tree blossoms along the Hood River Fruit Loop—are best viewed from the comfort of your car. This gorgeous 47-mile drive runs along the county’s Scenic Tour Route is the centerpiece of the longtime festival celebration.
Blossom Fest also shows off a lot of local talents, and involves the entire Hood River community. 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—there’s something for everyone.
Blog by, Kerry Cobb, Executive Director of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce