Lemon Lily Festival set for July 11-13

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There was a time when the Lemon Lily grew in abundance in the stream beds and shaded areas in Idyllwild. The lilies were so popular they were dug up by the thousands, which eventually drove the beautiful flowers to near extinction. This two-day festival, with a launch the prior evening, allows the Lemon Lily Committee to continue its restoration efforts while offering the public a weekend of family fun, entertainment and education.

The Lemon Lily Festival which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, and kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, July 11, with a Taste of Idyllwild at the home of Erin O’Neill, promising an evening of music, food and drinks and a garden tour.

Saturday and Sunday events include the Lemon Lily blessing, Pioneer Town, Lemon Lily Walks and Marketplace, and Nature Talks, all at the Idyllwild Nature Center at 25225 Highway 243. A tour of Erin O’Neill’s garden is also offered. Bluegrass/Country Western music can be enjoyed from 1 to 4 p.m. at Jo’An’s in the center of downtown Idyllwild.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.lemonlilyfestival.com or pick up a Lemon Lily program at the Town Crier.

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