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Cool, wet spring delayed peak bloom for tulips this year, prompting Wooden Shoe to add an extra week to its signature event

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farms annual Tulip Festival features more than 1 million tulips in bloom.The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival will officially be extended an extra week this year.

Visitors are invited to continue to experience the beauty of 40 acres of blooming tulips through Sunday, May 5. Due to a cooler start to spring in the Pacific Northwest, the flowers are predicted to hold beautifully past the end of April.

"Right now the tulips are approaching peak bloom and will continue to look incredible for a couple of weeks," owner Barb Iverson said. "The next two to three weeks are the perfect time to visit."

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival features over 100 varieties of tulips, with more than 1 million individual tulip blooms in the field. Due to the persistent rains in April, rainboots and mud-resistant shoes are advisable.

Wooden Shoe is hosting the second annual Petals and Plates dinner on April 27; a five-course meal catered by Divine catering paired with estate-grown Wooden Shoe Vineyards wine. The meal will be taking place in the fields, weather permitting. Surrounded by a field of color, guests will enjoy their meal in addition to a personal tour of the history and property from the family behind Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.

Additionally, pet-lovers will have a field day on April 27 during the annual Muddy Paws Fun Run 3K/5K. Race participants and their four-legged companions are invited on an epic race through the tulips. Runners and walkers alike may participate, and this event benefits the Wigglin' Home Boxer Rescue.

The festival, open daily, features attractions people of all ages can enjoy, from wooden shoe making demonstrations to cow train rides. Kids of all ages have a ball enjoying the expanded play area, race car track, pony rides, bounce houses, the hay ride to the tulip field and zip lines.

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Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

When: Now until May 5, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Admission: $5 per person ages 13 and above with a maximum car charge of $20. Children 12 years and younger are admitted for free.

For more information about the festival, daily events (including the Petals and Plates dinner or the Muddy Paws Fun Run), Wooden Shoe Vineyards and Red Barn Hemp, please visit: www.woodenshoe.com

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