2022 Tulip Festival Comes to an End

Brookelle Barnes, Editor/Reporter

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is approaching its final days. Held from April 1st-30th in Mount Vernon, Washington, the Tulip Festival celebrates millions of tulips and other flowers in beautiful designs and patterns to welcome the spring season. The festival single-handedly thrives on volunteers to keep this Pacific Northwest event continuing for tourists all around. The tulip fields are the crops of RoozenGaarde/Washington Bulb Co. Inc., and Tulip Town.  

The festival was established in 1984 by the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce. Chamber directors Jerry Diggerness and Joan Houchen noticed the increase in people visiting year by year and in 1994 the Tulip Festival broke off from the Chamber of Commerce into its whole own event. With the event beginning off at 2 days, then 10, to 17, is now at a whole 30-day span, to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to visit. Now, the Tulip Festival displays many art shows, gala celebrations, and annual bike rides to support the event. This year there were nearly 3,000,000 tulips at the event, as well as Cherry Blossoms, Daisies, Muscari’s, Carnations, Prunus’s, and more!