Flowers blooming for Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - Most flower fields near Mount Vernon will be in full bloom this weekend as the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival continues through the month of April.

Thousands of visitors are drawn to the agricultural valley north of Seattle every year to view acres of brightly colored blooms that stretch in neat rows toward picturesque farmhouses. Bulbs and blooms are available for sale.

Various community activities coincide with the festival, including the annual "Tulip Pedal" bike ride this Saturday in nearby La Conner, which offers riders distances of 20, 40, and 60 miles.