What could be better than a fall harvest festival at the world’s largest herb farm and distillery, complete with jousting, mutton busting and a greased pig competition?
How about a fall festival with all those things AND a Saturday evening performance by country crooner LeAnn Rimes?
The two-day fall harvest festival kicks off Friday, Sept. 12, at the Young Living Lavender Farms in Mona, Utah, with dinner from Pat’s Barbecue and line-dance instruction from Brigham Young University country dancers. Afterwards, attendees can show off their boot-scooting’ skills at a barn dance from 7 to 11 p.m.
“There is nothing like the Young Living Fall Festival in the valley,” said Robyn Valentine, global farms marketing and events manager for parent company Young Living Essential Oils. The festival provides an opportunity for the public to have fun while experiencing firsthand a 1,400-acre working farm, she said.
Saturday boasts a full day of farm festivities, including mutton busting, western shootouts and greased pigs. The celebration culminates with a 7 p.m. concert by country star LeAnn Rimes.
Young Living Fall Festival
Where: Young Living Lavender Farms, 3700 N. Highway 91 , Mona, Utah
When: Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13. LeAnn Rimes concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Pricing: Pricing varies per event. LeAnn Rimes concert is $10 per person (3 and younger free). Click here to pre-register.
Rimes is a Grammy Award-winning country star who rose to fame at age 13 with the release of “Blue.” In the past few years, she has seen her musical career overshadowed by her turbulent personal life (think a very messy divorce, Twitter fights and a VH1 reality TV show with current husband Eddie Cibrian).
On her website she writes that while you can search the Internet and read all about the sordid details, she doesn’t want people to marginalize her as just a name in glittering lights.
“I want people who listen to my music to see me, know me, recognize me, as a normal human being who can sing and write and, I hope, connect with me through my music in a deeper way than ever before,” Rimes writes.
She says her recent album “Spitfire” is a peek into her world. It’s “who I am, what I’ve gone through, what my emotions are. It’s an intimate conversation between myself and whomever’s listening,” she says.
It’s fair to say that many Utah residents will be doing just that Saturday night.