- Written by Libbey Aly
- Published Jun. 22, 2016
The Blanco Chamber of Commerce is thrilled that the 12th Annual Lavender Festival was the most largely attended in quite some time. It was a banner year, with 111 arts and crafts vendors, 11 food vendors, eight Texas Made Specialty Packaged Foods vendors, three wineries and the addition of the Texas Craft Beer Tent featuring five regional craft brewers including Blanco’s own Real Ale Brewing Company. No Label Brewing Company out of Katy, Texas presented their newest seasonal beer, Forbidden Lavender, a lavender infused Witbier at the festival. The record numbers of attendees included visitors from Fairbanks, Alaska and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Visitors from Germany and Turkey were the winners for traveling the farthest to attend the festivities.
The Blanco Lavender Festival is the largest annual fundraiser for the Blanco Chamber of Commerce. Funds raised during the festival fund the operation of the Chamber offices throughout the year. In addition to keeping the Chamber running, the festival boosts the local economy with the influx of sales tax revenue. This tourism creates opportunities for small businesses to develop and thrive. The incredible resource that Blanco enjoys in the amazing group of community volunteers is, most definitely, the key to the festival’s success. The businesses and individuals that support the festival through sponsorships make the overall financial success of the festival possible as well. Blanco residents should most definitely take the time to view the festival website, www.blancolavenderfest.com, and take note of the businesses that are supportive of not only the Lavender Festival, but other festivals and local events that help the community to prosper.
The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of our incredible volunteers and sponsor. Your support and involvement helps to create a signature festival that continues to grow in popularity. Many thanks to the City of Blanco, the Blanco Police Department, Blanco County EMS and the Blanco Volunteer Fire Department for keeping all of our residents and visitors safe during the event.
Plans will be underway soon for the 2017 Lavender Festival and anyone who would like to participate in the planning process is welcome to give the Chamber a call, we would love to have you. In addition, anyone who would like to make suggestions or offer any insights is welcome to get in touch as well. Thank you Blanco for an outstanding festival.