Chilliwack Sunflower Festival returns for its second season on August 1

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      If you missed tulip season during springtime, check out an upcoming flower festival in the Fraser Valley that will feature 20 acres of beautiful blooms.

      The second annual Chilliwack Sunflower Festival (41310 Yale Road) opens to the public on August 1 and runs through September 15, and is operated by the same team behind the popular Tulips of the Valley.

      Visitors will be able to enjoy 35 varieties of the iconic flower, spread out across 20 acres of flower beds that include other pretty stems.

      Photogenic species such as two-foot Dwarf Sunspots and 12-foot Mammoth Grey Stripes will be available to view and capture on camera, and we’re sure plenty of city-dwellers will want to flock to the festival for picture-perfect shots.

      The rest of the attraction is filled with huge fields of colourful dahlias in 54 different varieties and hues, which are new additions this year. Other highlights include a giant pumpkin patch, u-pick Sunrich Orange sunflowers, and pick-your-own Chilliwack corn.

      Bring the entire brood, because fun activities like swing sets, face cut-outs, outdoor lawn games, and a Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser train will operate and offer free rides through the fields on weekends.

      Local food trucks, drinks, ice cream, and other snacks will be available for purchase in a covered area, and on-leash pets are welcome to join.

      “The success of last summer’s inaugural Chilliwack Sunflower Festival exceeded all expectations,” said festival co-founder Kate Onos-Gilbert, in a press statement. “It was so gratifying to welcome thousands of families, couples, and individuals to our fields, and to see them marvel at the bounty of seasonal beauty that Chilliwack produces at this time of year.

      The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival runs from August 1 to September 15 (varying hours). Tickets ($5 to $39.99) are available for purchase online.