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Liam Frith
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Oregonians excited for annual tulip festival

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Every spring, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm hosts the annual Tulip Festival. Located in Woodburn, the festival showcases millions of vibrant tulips, food stands, a vineyard tasting room and gift shops, along with other family-friendly events and activities. The 2024 festival is scheduled to take place through May 5. 

The over 40 acres of land display an abundance of colors ranging from yellows to pinks to multicolored blooms. The tulips are situated in rows by color and lined with dirt paths for walking. Sometimes these get muddy, so make sure to bring boots and dress for the weather. The food at the stands is freshly made; woodfired pizza and hand-dipped corn dogs are popular employee recommendations, along with the mochas offered at the coffee bar. 

“The best part is taking pictures of all the tulips,” explained Tualatin High School College and Career counselor Jennifer Butts, who has visited the festival before. “The amount of tulips when you look at it from afar is almost overwhelming. Having the ability to walk up and down each aisle and see all the tulips up close was really interesting because of the difference between the mass sheet of color and the individual sections of color, as well as all the shapes and sizes.” 

The festival offers additional activities, such as the tulip trail run, available as a 5k, 10k and half marathon, and the tethered balloon flights, which get 50-75 feet above the ground. The farm has also partnered with local businesses in a Tulip Festival Package, providing lodging, food and admission to the festival. Other lodging options and popular nearby attractions are listed on the website. 

A gift shop and vineyard tasting room are included on the farm; visitors have the option to bring home fresh-picked tulips as well. 

“We had the most fun wandering through the gift shop,” Butts said. “There were bulbs that you could purchase and little decorations, some treats and little crafty items.”



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