Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Washington State Travel Event ( Press Release )
Name: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Age: 18 years
Number of people attending: 300,000 to 500,000 people annually
Date of 2001 festival: April 6-22, 2001 (the festival is always during the first part of April
that is when the flowers bloom).
Mission Statement: To hold a community-wide celebration during the beautiful spring bloom,
the civic, economic and social interests of the Skagit Valley. This will be accomplished by
working with our local residents, the business community, government agencies and non-profit
organizations through partnerships. We intend also to educate the community as to the true
year-round value and potential of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
The festival is the only community-wide event in the area. The major cities and the county
government all support the festival with hotel/motel monies. The major financial institutions in
Skagit County have all chosen to support the festival.
Location: Throughout the Skagit Valley. Tulip fields are located southwest of Mount Vernon
in a 15 mile radius. Between 700 and 1,000 acres of bulbs are planted and people journey via car,
tour bus, and boat (The Victoria Clipper) to see the flowers in bloom.
Events: Besides the "star attraction," many other events are scheduled throughout the
festival. These include tulip picnics, pet parade, and farm and floral parade, volleyball and
basketball tournaments, an organized bike ride through the tulip fields, a 10K run and fun run, art
shows throughout the festival at various locations, an arts and crafts fair, a one-time only concert
by Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer, a black-tie optional Tulip Ball, a Kiwanis salmon
barbecue that runs throughout the festival and serves 11,000 meals annually, plus an annual
fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association known as the Tour de Fleur. There is also a
fly-in at the Bayview airport and the start of a Tulip Lecture series.
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