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U-Pick Tulip Festival tries hands-on approach

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April 09, 2013

Residents in Woodland, Washington officially know when spring has sprung thanks to the annual Woodland Tulip Festival in town. However, an early season has left coordinators with a new problem - too many tulips! The Daily News reports the annual festival kicked off a week early and coordinator Nicolette Wakefield believes the first ever U-Pick program is sure to bring out an even larger turn out than usual. 

Wakefield admitted last year during this time the tulips weren't even out yet, so the 180 degree turn around has left them surprised, but excited about the new event. 

U-Pick promotes fun
According to the news outlet, the U-Pick program allows guests to pick tulips for 50 cents a stem in the massive U-Pick field, which is made up of more than 1 million different colored, shaped and bloom habited bulbs. The festival will continue to run every weekend until the flowers are all picked. 

"That's something very different and new this year," Wakefield told the news source regarding the festive U-Pick field. 

Photo credit:Holland American Bulb Farms, Inc. at
tulips fields at sunset

Other fun to be had at the festival
Even though the U-Pick field is sure to draw more attention to the festival, it's certainly not the only aspect of it. In fact, the longstanding tradition will officially open with a 5K run/walk dubbed "The Tulip Trot," April 13 at 9 a.m. Those participating in the event will run through the Woodland Bottoms farmland and guests can cheer them on along the way. 

Those less interested in running and more excited about the flowers will be thrilled to learn the event is also set to feature live music, an outdoor farmers market, crafts for kids and demonstrations on how to make gorgeous flower arrangements. According to the publication fun contests including the "cutest baby" and "cutest kid" will be conducted during the festival. Since the tulip season started early, Wakefield predicts it will also likely end earlier than in other years. 

"Normally we last through Mother's Day, but because this is such an early year we don't think we'll have color until then. We'll definitely be open through April," she told the newspaper.

What to do with tulips
Your town might not have a delightful tulip festival like this, but that doesn't mean you can't embrace the colorful spring blossoms. Martha Stewart recently discussed a sweet way to create a fun bouquet using tulips. 

For the project you'll need a glass cylinder, candy of your choosing and 8 to 10 freshly cut tulips. From here, simply place the flowers in a smaller vase that will fit inside the cylinder so they stay watered. Next put the flowers in the cylinder and then fill up the outer sections with the candy. The cute look is perfect for spring holidays like Earth Day or Mother's Day. 

Browse our spring tulip bouquets.

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