Lilac Festival blooms Friday in Taos

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 Lilacs are an abundant, fragrant part of the history of Taos and are being celebrated and promoted at the second annual Lilac Festival from Friday to Sunday at Kit Carson Park in Taos. 

The free event includes an arts and crafts fair, pet parade and blessing, live music and vintage car and truck shows. The Lilac Festival was established to promote landscape beautification and tourism in Taos.

“Lilacs are a staple of Taos’ history, having been brought here more than 150 years ago by European missionaries,” said co-founder of the Lilac Festival, John Hamilton. “Lilacs produce a wonderful scent that, for many who grew up here, is comforting and reminiscent of growing up seeing lilacs all over town. We hope to encourage Taoseños to plant, prune and maintain lilacs, which will spread to other areas of landscaping and make Taos even more beautiful than it already is.”

Throughout the festival, arts and crafts from more than 40 artisans will be available for purchase. 

Information booths featuring information on lilac care and planting advice along with sale of lilac bushes, and food vendor booths will also be available. 

Children can enjoy complimentary rides on the Tio Vivo carousel at the event.

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