Workers were busy on Wednesday preparing for the Saturday opening of the Tulips of the Valley festival on Seabird Island.

Warm weather speeds up Agassiz tulips blooms

Tulips of the Valley festival at Seabird Island opens this weekend

It was raining most this week, but warmer weather earlier this spring has led to early blooming of local tulips. The Tulips of the Valley Festival at Seabird Island will open early this year because of the unusually warm weather, and workers on Wednesday were fighting a downpour while preparing the site for visitors.

The festival runs until the blooms are done, which is about two weeks.

To find the festival, turn at Chowat Road off Hwy 7.

Tulips of the Valley is run by the Onos family, and covers 35 acres of land. There will be cut flowers and a small farmers market on site this year, including local vendors. Items for sale include chicken, pies, fudge, bannock, perennials and jams.

There is a parking fee in addition to the entrance fee.

Entrance fees are $3 for an adult, $2.50 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under.