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WAKE FOREST — The 15th annual HerbFest returns to Festival Park, 525 S. White St., Friday and runs through April 28.
Though this Saturday features multiple music groups for entertainment and face-painting and pony rides for the kids, the real highlight for festival-goers is the multitude of plants for sale.
None of them are genetically modified (GMO) — which is a big seller, according to organizer Bob Johnson.
“These herbs and vegetables are non GMO — that has picked up. I hardly ever in the first 12 years of the festival had any requests for non GMO and vegetables,” said Johnson. “We’re getting inundated with calls.”
The sale offers herbs, vegetables, tomatoes and perennials that are locally grown and specific to Zone 7.
On Saturday, live music will include the Franklin Academy jazz band, two small combo groups, small choral groups and the rock band, led by Tony Robinson, band director at Franklin Academy High School.
Lilly’s Ponies will be available for children to ride for a nominal charge that day, which will go back into the upkeep and maintenance of the rescued ponies.
Friday and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays (Easter included), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday through Thursday, 3-5 p.m.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment. For more information and schedule of events, see herbfest.net.