The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has officially begun. While there are a few blooms opening, most have yet to make their appearance due to a chilly spring. For many of us the festival begins at the appearance of the vibrant colorful blooms, but the festival committee has already been at work to make this 35th anniversary year another great one. Each year a committee of community volunteers selects a local artist to create the official poster, which is unique to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Local artists submit their applications and the winner is free to choose their medium and style in a way that will interpret their vision of the festival and the tulips of Skagit Valley. In a testament to the quality of the art, several previous posters received the Gold Pinnacle award from the International Festival & Events Association. The new poster is unveiled in November each year, and this year’s artist is one of our own.

2018 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival poster art created by Woodinville artist

Melissa Jander (Courtesy photo)

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