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Farms, merchants ready for Tulip Festival to bloom

No fooling: Tulip Festival is here

Wind, rain, cold and hail made Sunday pretty miserable, but growers did not complain.

“Some daffodils were bent, but they will straighten out after a couple days of sun,” said Brent Roozen of the Washington Bulb Company.

At Tulip Town, early varieties on the outside of rows were damaged. Had the storm been two weeks later, said Andrew Miller, the damage could have been extensive.

Roozen, Miller and just about every business in the valley have high hopes for this tulip season.

“It’s gonna be awhile before things are normal, but after last year, anything looks pretty rosy,” said Roozen.

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