Lavendar Capital of the U.S.: Sequim, WA

The 22nd Sequim Lavender Festival is coming up between the 20th and the 22nd of July, 2018. The Pacific Northwestern coastline of Washington State is home to the lavender capital of the U.S. Sequim, Washington.
The Sequim-Dungeness Valley needed an economic boost from tourism, so the community established eight lavender farms from 1995 to 1998. There are now over 30 farms responsible for increasing agricultural, cultural, and culinary tourism on the North Olympic Peninsula of the Pacific Northwest.
Most of the farms formed a cooperative to increase sales and to organize an annual festival that provides a significant stimulus to the local economy. The festival has an arts and crafts show, live music, and food vendors. The Sequim Lavender Growers Association offers ancient and modern uses of oils, eye pillows, culinary options, and bouquets.
There are free "Self-Guided" Farm Tours that are all documented on a map. Views of rolling purple fields across the Sequim Prairie are popular with local artists.
Last years festival included 30,000 attendees, 150 exhibitors, and 13 food booths. The town of Sequim has a population of 7,000, so the festival is a significant income generator.