After 20 years of Tulip Festival, Verge reflects on her time


Courtesy of Cindy Verge

LAST POSE IN THE TULIP FIELDS - Cindy Verge is about to become former executive director of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Verge is retiring in September after 20 years of growing the Festival into a monthlong traffic jam and photo shoot for tourists and locals alike.

After promoting the Valley's most famous flower gardens, Cindy Verge is looking forward to tending her own backyard.

Executive director of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival for 20 years, Verge will retire this fall.

Verge was a journalist and editor when she joined the Festival as its Sponsorship Coordinator in 1999. When she became executive director in 2003, "I learned how to run a business," Verge told the Weekly News, "because it was payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, a budget and making our move from the Old Town Grainery building to our current spot happen."

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