Hippy Valley Peace Festival brings good vibes to Lenoir

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Jun. 22—LENOIR — This weekend, be sure to wear flowers in your hair when going to the Hippy Valley Peace Festival.

On Saturday, June 25, the public is invited to attend a fun and peaceful day at the Hippy Valley Peace Festival at 2250 Valway Rd. in Lenoir from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mindy Brown, with a little help from her friends and family, is hosting the third Peace Festival this year.

"When we started, we were trying to have a day of fun for our families and friends and to support small businesses in the area," Brown said. "From there it kind of grew. I'm thinking this year will be the best one yet. I'm excited to be surrounded by cool people and good vibes."

Brown said she has always been a bit of a "flower child."

"I love all things peace, love, and happiness," she said. "If you ask anybody in my family, they'll say they do this for me because it brings me joy. I could not make this happen without my family and friends who have helped me. I'm so grateful to them."

There will be a variety of over 30 vendors at the festival offering creative merchandise, food, and entertainment, as well as tie-dye event shirts, fun activities for kids, face painting, photo ops, shaved ice, and more. Raffle tickets will be on sale for $1 each for the chance to win a prize donated from one of the talented vendors.

Jade Clark, owner of the Tiny Taurus Shoppe, is one of the many local vendors who will be offering their creative merchandise to guests at the festival. Clark handcrafts items such as candles, sun catchers, macrame décor, charms, crystal earrings and keychains, and more. Additionally, she offers "Blind Date with a Book," which are books whose titles and plots are kept a mystery until after purchase.

Clark said she is excited to be a first-time vendor for this upcoming festival.

"With me being a new small business owner, I wanted to get my feet wet and see how the vendor events worked and stuff," she said. "I have done a couple craft shows before now, but this is the first major event that I've done."

Tiny Taurus Shoppe can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Shopify for more information about her beautiful handcrafted pieces.

Live music will be provided by bands SALTY DOG, of which Clark's fiancé is a member, and Home Brewed.

Stefanie and Jason Keller, owners of the Wolf Moon Salt Cave and Stress Reduction Center, will have a salt booth there for people to get a taste of the salt therapy experience. Stefanie will also be teaching a beginners yoga class and a vinyasa flow.

Near the end of the festivities, there will be a volleyball tournament.

Please visit the Hippy Valley Peace Fest page on Facebook or send an email to hippyvalleypeacefest@gmail.com for more information. The complete list of all the vendors can be viewed on the Facebook page, as well.

"I'm super excited to connect with all of my vendors," said Brown. "We started out supporting friends, but there are lots of new vendors I'm super excited about meeting. I'm stoked to connect with local people who have similar interests."

Brown wanted interested individuals to be aware that the festival will take place in a field beside the house.

"Don't be alarmed if the address directs you to a house," she explained. "The festival will be in the field directly beside it. There will be plenty of signage to direct people, too."

Parking will be at Ford's Feed and Seed.

Come join the community this weekend for a groovy time at the Hippy Valley Peace Festival.