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Hood River Valley 
Beckons Tourists
April is abloom in the Hood River valley, one of Oregon's premier spots to celebrate the advent of spring. This verdant vale is blanketed by some 15,000 acres of pear, apple and cherry orchards in full flower, and backdropped this year by an unusually deep white blanket of snow on Mt. Hood. The Blossom Festival April 19-20 at the county fairgrounds in Odell is an annual attraction, with a pair of venues beckoning visitors: The Blossom Craft Show and the Blossom Fest Quilt Sale.

Arts and crafts, gourmet food items,
rides for kids, tasting local wines
and fresh pears are feature attractions.
The quilt display and sale will include
some 80-100 homemade quilts in the 23rd
annual event. Gardeners will be
attracted to the Odell Garden Club's
plant sale which includes garden
art items.

The Gorge Strings will perform at the
Craft show on Sunday. There is no
admission charge and parking is free,
10 a.m.-5 p.m.each day. Follow the signs to the county fairgrounds at the
intersection of Wy'east and summit roads south of Hood River, just off
the main valley thoroughfare. Check for details at www.hoodriverfair.com

2008 Oregon Magazine