In a year when so many things are being cancelled, those that can carry on shine like a bright light.
Or, in some cases, like a bright sunflower.
The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival will move ahead, albeit with COVID-19 distancing and health and safety measures in place. The field’s capacity will be limited to 25 per cent, and there will be no playground, picnics or lawn games this year.
Like other places that have remained open, there will be directional, wide pathways to follow, and hand sanitization stations placed strategically.
And while the weather over the next few weeks will dictate when the flowers are blooming, Tulips of the Valley owner Kate Onos-Gilbert says they are hoping for mid-August.
The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival features 25 different varieties of sunflowers, and more than 50 varieties of dahlias. This year, there are also gladiodas to enjoy. There are three kilometres of pathways throughout the fields.
In addition to the breathtaking flower fields, guests can expect freshly cut flowers and local Chilliwack corn for sale. Cool off with an individually wrapped frozen treat or enjoy a delicious meal to-go from a food truck in the parking lot.
“This summer, everyone is looking for ways to have fun while staying local and staying safe,” says Onos-Gilbert. “I hope everyone in the region who enjoyed the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival in years past — and those who haven’t had the opportunity before — will come and spend some time among the flowers. It’s the perfect way to relax in nature.”
Tickets go on sale Aug. 7. Watch Tulips of the Valley’s social media pages for updates on opening day and times. The site is located at 41310 Yale Road (off Royalwood Drive).
For more information, visit chilliwacksunflowerfest.com.
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