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Visitors pick flowers, hang out at lavender festival in Skaneateles

The first time Betsy Hogan and her family came to the Finger Lakes Lavender Festival, her senses were immediately flooded by the area’s sweet aroma.

“It was pretty intense and overwhelming (and) wonderful, in a great way,” Hogan said. “You just kind of walk in and it’s like there’s amazing perfume in the air.”

Hogan spoke Sunday at the tenth annual festival in Skaneateles while picking the sun-kissed lavender plants with her husband Gregory Pier and their family, Elsa Pier, 3, and Cate Pier, 1.

Hogan said they first came to the festival two years ago and decided to make another trip this year. She said the smell hit her again when she walked in that morning.

The event — which was also held Saturday — took place at the 120-acre Lockwood Lavender Farm. The festivities are run by Karen Wheeler-Lockwood and Gary Lockwood, who own the farm.

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