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One of the Lower Mainland’s most prominent flower festivals is making a return this summer.
The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival announced on Wednesday that it would be returning to the Fraser Valley this August for its third consecutive year.
The popular event is run by the same organizers who host the Chilliwack Tulip Festival and will take place at the same location – 41310 Yale Road. This year’s celebration, however, will look a little different compared to previous years, according to festival organizers.
“In order to ensure everyone’s health and safety, the usual components of the festival have been reimagined,” reads a statement from the organizers.
The massive festival is being reintroduced as the Chilliwack Sunflower Experience, with strict social-distancing guidelines and “plenty of safe, family-friendly ways to see the sunflowers.”
From mid-August to Labour Day, visitors can roam through more than three kilometres of flowers and pathways. Patrons can still expect 25 different kinds of sunflowers, as well as 50 varieties of dahlias.
A number of health and safety measures are being implemented, such as limiting the fields’ capacity to 25%, expanding the pathways to being three to five metres wide, and placing hand-sanitizing stations and safety notices around the fields.
Organizers add that staff will be sanitizing high-touch areas throughout the day and tickets will only be sold online in one-hour time slots.
Photo-op props will be limited and to limit the amount of contact, there will be no playground, picnic tables, or lawn games available this year.
In addition to navigating through the stunning fields, visitors will be able to purchase freshly cut flowers and Chilliwack corn. Frozen treats and to-go meals can be found from food trucks in the parking lot as well.
Tickets for the Chilliwack Sunflower Experience go on sale starting Friday, August 7. Due to the cold, rainy conditions at the beginning of the summer, the event has yet to announce a start date, but they’re aiming for mid-August.
The experience will operate from 7 am to 6 pm from Thursday to Monday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Weekday tickets will cost $15 for general admission and $6 for children when purchased in advance; weekend tickets will cost $20 and $8, respectively.
When: Mid-August to Labour Day
Time: Hours of operation vary based on date
Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack, British Columbia
Tickets: Available online, starting on Friday, August 7