The First West Virginia Lavender Fair was a one day event on Saturday, July 12th, 2003. About 200 participants savored the delicious food catered by Dale Hawkins, saw an essential oil distillation, made lavender wands, saw a slide show of lavender in France and West Virginia and enjoyed many booths featuring lavender and herbs. They strolled the many gardens of La Paix and relaxed under umbrellas dotted throughout the grounds on a beautiful balmy sunny day. Many found peace in the Labyrinth and on the paths through the woods. Maureen Rogers of the Herb Growing and Marketing Network spoke on the Uses of Lavender Essential Oil. Music by “Unsound” a local alternative band featured William Nicoll Hale III, the lead singer. A Lavender Cookie contest was held.
An excellent radio production made by Jean Snedegar, Stringer for NPR and British radio was so
well received that the steward of La Paix, and the many helpers at the Fair decided to plan an even larger for the following year.