A unique midsummer’s festival is the perfect stop for your olfactory pleasures this June. Prairie Lavender Farm in Bennington is celebrating 10 years in operation with their forth annual Lavender Harvest Festival.

What: Fourth Annual Lavender Harvest Festival

When: June 16, 2012

Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Prairie Lavender Farm in Bennington (69 Alpine Ridge Lane, Bennington, KS 67422)

While the festival has only been around a few years, it has become very popular, drawing more than 600 people last year for tours, demonstrations, live-music, food and flower arranging. Of course the highlight for many visitors is the opportunity to harvest their own bunch from the blooming purple fields.

Owner Mike Neustrom says people have travelled from several states for their day-long fest. “I think they just like the atmosphere here and a chance to walk out and pick their own bundles,” says Neustrom.Among the fun at this year's festival, you can enjoy:

·Visual perspectives from plein-aire artists: Debbie Harbin Wagner and Rick Frisbie

·Flower arranging using lavender by Wayne DeBey, owner of The Flower Nook

·Folk and bluegrass performances by Don Wagner, Mike Mattson & Teresa WeaverThe Prairie Lavender Farm is open year-round. Neustrom says he’s even given a tour in a blizzard. They have more than 3,000 plants featuring 12 varieties of lavender. If you can’t visit the farm, you can visit their website at prairielavenderfarm.com to purchase a variety of lavender.

Becky Blake is the Director of the Kansas Travel & Tourism Division, and has been involved in the Kansas tourism industry for the past 30 years. The TravelKS Blog provides a brief update from Becky each week, featuring communities, events and attractions throughout the state.