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A Big Thank You to All That Supported the 3rd Annual Homer Peony Celebration!

The Third Annual Peony Celebration from July 8-30 was a smashing success! Visitors from the Lower 48 scheduled their vacations to fly up and attend. Alaskans from Fairbanks to the Greater Anchorage area drove down and stayed several days as well as Kenai Peninsula residents came down for a day. The peonies bloomed in all their glory in our Visitor Center Garden and led the way for "Peonies on Pioneer" self guided garden tours in the "City of Peonies. Here are some highlights and new happenings:

Alaska Perfect Peony, Alaska Beauty Peony Co-op, Anchor Point Greenhouse LLC, Homer Trolley & Tours, & Scenic Place Peonies scheduled farm tours from the first day through the last day during mornings, afternoons, &d on Saturdays. Scenic Peonies hosted the first "Fleur de Paeonia" mannequin-style show with models laden with peonies, tucked into the woods at Bear Creek Winery and Lodging. The Alaska Beauty Peony Co-op partnered with Homer Brewing Company for "Peonies & Pints" tours.

Grace Ridge Brewing Inc released a limited Edition of "Apricot Witbier" beer with a peony labeled designed by local artist Britni Siekaniec. Sweetgale Meadworks & Cider House and Odin Mead made peony meads. Homer Council on the Arts and Pratt Museum & Park offered peony art classes and a family fun afternoon for kids and adults of all ages.

Many thanks goes to local business, non-profit organizations and individuals who gave financial and in-kind peony sponsorships to support the Celebration. Sponsorship are still coming in, so a full roster of donors will be printed for a thank-you ad in Homer News in September.

Please check out the new peony sign off of Pioneer Avenue & Heath Street; special thanks to Dan Coe Art for this beautiful creation. The Art Shop Gallery & North Wind still have some stunning peony-themed trinkets for purchase. Their pop-up & peonies events were tremendously successful and we cannot wait to do this again next year!

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