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The flowers are only one of the attractions at Lilyfest.

ROCKBRIDGE – Organizers of the 30th Lilyfest have announced it will be in-person this year, after being virtual in 2020 due to COVID-19. Starting June 1, according to a news release, visitors to Lilyfest can start making reservations for two-hour time slots at www.lilyfest.com.

“We are so excited to see everyone again this year,” said Bobbi Bishop, who founded the annual event in 1991. “The board met and decided to have a slow reopening, in an abundance of caution, so reservations must be made in advance. Masks must be worn and all health guidelines will be followed. Next year we hope to resume normal operations.”

Last year’s event included 16.5 hours of video that showcased interviews with master gardeners, artists, and a behind-the-scenes look with staff and volunteers. Thousands of viewers watched more than 250 hours of video during the three-day July event.

“The support and positive comments we received for the project were overwhelming, and we were thankful that a majority of people understood our need to balance the safety of the community with our original mission of creating outdoor education for all,” Bishop said.

The reservation section of the website www.lilyfest.com will be live starting June 1.

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