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Tulip Fest - tiptoe through the tulips at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm

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You don't need a trip to Holland to see tulip fields, just head down I-5 or 99E to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm near Woodburn, Oregon. The tulips extend to the horizon. The annual Tulip Fest runs from March 28th - May 4th, 2014.

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The farm is open daily from 9 am - 6 pm. Admission is $5.00 per bicycle or motorcycle, $10.00 per car load, $20.00 per bus. A season ticket is available for $40 that gives access outside of normal business hours. Dogs are allowed.

What you see are 45 acres of tulips. I took two newbies out to the fields last weekend and we spent two hours happily strolling through the fields and taking hundreds of photos. Be sure to charge your camera and have plenty of free memory!

The walk to the fields from parking is the distance of a few city blocks on a barkdust path. Once you are at the fields, you can explore on them on the field lanes, which can be muddy and slick. We logged over two miles of walking steps exploring the fields.

Wear shoes or boots that can get muddy and clothes that can handle some mud spatter if you are going to tour the fields. A hiking stick or trekking poles can add stability. The paths are flat. We all came away dabbed with mud but very happy.

They have viewing platforms to climb for a panorama of the fields.

The farm provides a shuttle tram and haywagon to take people to and through the fields. If you have friends and family who don't want to walk or risk mud, that is an option. During busy weekends they may have to wait in line for a ride.

You can check on how the bloom is progressing from the current tulip field conditions page.

Each day you can enjoy seeing the tulip fields, browsing the gift shop and country store, let the kids burn off steam in the kid's play area, take a tram and cow train ride. On the weekends, add in a crafters market, wine tasting, wooden shoe making, steam tractors and live entertainment.

Special events coming up include the Silverton Hospital Mud Puddle Challenge April 11-12-13, check at their tent on how to walk your way to prizes. Photography classes are also offered.

At the end of the tulip season, celebrate in the fields with the Field & Vine Farm Loop Dinner as chefs Pascal Chureau and Willem Paul Klitsie prepare a dinner celebrating Dutch and French twists on Oregon farm produce. Reservations are required.

Wooden Shoe Farm is located 45 minutes south of Portland, southeast of Woodburn.

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