It’s become an annual tradition, this tulip festival thing. I’ve explored the Skagit Valley tulip fields, the Agassiz tulip festival, and now the Abbotsford Tulip Festival! Between the color-filled expanse (pure joy, I tell you!) and the people-watching, the tulip festival is a gem of an event. Someday I will explore the heritage of a tulip season in Holland, but until then I will embrace the local tulips.
My little friend Clayton has been sniffing flowers since before he was one, so I can’t imagine a better tulip buddy than his three-year-old blonde-curls cuteness. Especially because he couldn’t quite grasp the difference between his two lips and the tulips.
If you decide to go to Abbotsford Tulip Festival next year, here’s a few tips from our experience:
1) Wear boots. Preferably hoseable, rubber boots that will withstand several inches of mud. You’ll be able to buy shoe covers at the Festival, but boots are going to be a little more functional and exponentially more fashionable.
2) Go on a weekday. The weekend crowds are extreme, the parking is a bore, and the traffic is enough to erase the joy of a tulip outing. Weekdays, though still busy, are not as crowded.
3) Embrace the experience. Enjoy the variety of tulips, the many many many photo-ops, and the once-a-year gem that is tulips