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SELMA – It may be a few more weeks until the orchards of the Fresno County Blossom Trail explode in clouds of pink and cream-colored blossoms, but officials with the Fresno County Tourism were eager to kick off the season.

An opening ceremony was Feb. 8 at the Selma Arts Center. This marks the 31st season of the Blossom Trail that draws visitors from around the globe.

“Colorful orchards are set against the picturesque backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains giving travelers the opportunity to enjoy the visual and aromatic experience of Fresno County’s rich agricultural bounty,” Kristi Johnson said. As the Fresno County tourism manager, she predicts the trail would be in full bloom by late February. Much of that depends on the weather, however.

The Blossom Trail is a self-guided tour through eastern Fresno County featuring a panorama of blossoming stone fruit orchards and citrus groves alive with fragrance and bursting with color. The orange trees usually bloom into April.

The 2019 Blossom Trail Poster created by local artist Ghamar Hafami was also unveiled at the ceremony. The poster will be available for sale at Blossom Trail partners’ offices such as the Chambers of Commerce in Kingsburg, Sanger, Reedley and Selma.

The Blossom Trail is a nonprofit collaborative effort with Fresno County and the Trail’s partner cities which include Sanger, Kingsburg, Orange Cove, Reedley, Fowler and Selma to welcome springtime visitors to the region.

To find the latest blossom information, the Blossom Trail webpage at www.goblossomtrail.com has an ‘update’ link that provides eyewitness reports of when blooms are first spotted on the Trail. The updates are also on Twitter @goblossomtrail.

Farm stores and tours are also along the trail including Selma’s Circle K Ranch at 8640 Manning Ave., and Kingsburg’s Ramos Torres Winery at 1665 Simpson St. See more online at http://bit.ly/2IcsDcT.

The website also contains the photo gallery feature, where trail visitors may submit their digital pictures and help provide a first-person visual account of spring’s arrival.

A variety of Blossom Trail-themed events are coming up including:

  • Feb. 23-24: Blossom Trail bus tour with wine tasting, Sanger
  • March 2: Kings River Blossom Bike Ride, Reedley
  • March 2: Blossom Trail 10K Run, Sanger
  • March 2-3: Blossom Trail Wine Weekend, Sanger and Kingsburg
  • March 2-3, 9-10, 16-17: Blossom Trail Train Rides, Hillcrest Farm, Reedley
  • April 6: Orange Cove Blossom Festival, Orange Cove
  • October: Blossom Trail Art, Big Fresno Fair

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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