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Tulips should be on time for Pella's festival this year

Tulips are coming out the ground, which means that a Spring time tradition is almost here: Tulip Time in Pella.

Randy Sikkema and many other volunteers planted about 300,000 bulbs around Pella in October, and now they are finally seeing some the fruits of their labor.

"We need a little moisture yet, and we need some warm nights. It's still freezing at night, so that slows down the growth a little bit," Sikkema said.

It's a different sight than this time last year when the tulips were already in full bloom.

Last year, the mild winter and early spring put the plants six weeks ahead of schedule. While it helped bring visitors to town throughout April, numbers were down for Tulip Time. Only about 10 percent of the flowers were still blooming the first weekend of May.

"I think we're more normal this year," Sikkema said.

Sikkema says the peak period for viewing will run about three weeks from late April to mid-May.

Organizers say they're thrilled the tulips seem to be on track.

Tulip Time runs May 2nd, 3rd and 4th this year in Pella.

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