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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

We went to Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival on the 3rd Sunday of April. Went there many years back, before the girls were born. During the first visit, as far as I can remembered the tulip festival just focus on the varieties of tulips. This trip, we went there with the girls. It is not only tulips, there are a lots of activities and of course the all time favourite of the girls - cow train.

The Iverson family began growing tulips in 1974. The first tulips belonged to Dr. Holman who would ship part of the bulbs to Indiana every year for forcing. When he retired in the late 1970's we bought a few acres of bulbs.
By the early 1980's they had over 15 acres and needed to broaden the market base. Seeing this as an opportunity, in 1983 they started the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.
In the first few years they printed up black and white order sheets and sales were slow. Then, in 1985, we opened our fields for Easter weekend. The rest you may say, is history.
Now they open their fields for an entire month ( April ) and have greatly expanded their operation to include taking bulb orders, cut flowers, potted tulips, a gift shop, other plants, and all sorts of food and activities on weekends.
There is about 40 acres tulips in the field. We can see varieties of tulips bloom!  Every year the varieties are arranged differently in a new pattern of color as they rotate our tulip fields to a new location.

The girls enjoyed this more than the flowers....

ES trying a pair of wooden shoes.
The girls having fun with the cow train.

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