Sean Streicher Gets Inside Look at Annual Lewes Tulip Festival

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WE ASKED ON FACEBOOK FOR VIEWERS TO SHOW US PICTU >> WE ASKED ON FACEBOOK FOR VIEWERS TO SHOW US PICTURES OF THEIR SPRING FLOWERS THAT ARE PROBABLY STARTING TO BLOOM RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU TO CHRIS HORN OF DOVER FOR SENDING US THIS PIC OF HER BEAUTIFUL TULIPS.

LOVE THEM.

>> LOOK AT THESE.

SHE'S ALSO IN DOVER.

GORGEOUS AND COLORFUL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> I LOVE THAT ONE.

>> ISN'T THAT NICE? >> THAT'S BEAUTIFUL.

AND LOOK HOW COOL THIS PICTURE IS.

TERESA SENT US THIS PICTURE THIS MORNING.

IT DOESN'T LOOK REAL.

LOOK AT THAT SIM THERE'S A VERY SHORT WINDOW TO ENJOY THE BEAUTY THEY HAVE TO OFFER AND THE WINDOW IS OPEN RIGHT NOW IN LEWES.

>> THE ANIMAL TULIP CELEBRATION IS UNDERWAY IN THE SEVENTH YEAR.

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO TURN OUT FOR THE EVENT AND THAT'S WHERE WE FIND SHAWN.

TIP TOEING THROUGH THE TULIPS, I CAN'T TELL HOW MUCH THAT MEANT TO BOTH OF US.

>> YOU KNOW, YOU GUYS HAD TO EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT THAT MEANT BUT YOU TALKED ABOUT THAT WINDOW.

I WANT TO SHOW YOU THIS REAL QUICK.

THE BULB HASN'T OPENED UP BUT OVER HERE, BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS SO THEY ARE BLOOMING AND THIS YEAR, THEY PLANTED OVER 15,000 TULIPS FOR THIS FESTIVAL.

I'M HERE WITH BETSY WITH THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

THANKS FOR JOINING ME.

>> THANK YOU FOR COMING.

>> THIS IS YOUR SEVENTH YEAR.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH THIS? >> THE IDEA CAME FROM ONE OF MY BOARD MEMBERS WHO IS NOW OUR MAYOR, TED BECKER, AND HE WAS ON AN AMTRAK TRAIN READING A MAGAZINE AND READ ABOUT A TULIP FESTIVAL IN UPSTATE NEW YORK AND HE CAME BACK AND SAID THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT LEWES SHOULD BE DOING.

WE HAVE OUR DUTCH HERITAGE AND WE LOVE TULIPS AND PLANTS HERE SO THAT'S HOW IT STARTED.

>> YOU STARTED PLANTING THESE TULIPS.

LIKE I SAID, 15,000.

HOW MANY DIFFERENT VARIETIES? >> THERE'S PROBABLY ABOUT 90 VARIETIES.

WE ALSO HAVE A TULIP LIBRARY THAT IS SURROUNDING ONE OF THE BANKS ON SECOND STREET THAT HAS 60 VARIETIES OF REALLY UNUSUAL TULIPS AND THEY'RE ALL STILL IN BLOOM.

>> THEY ARE STILL IN BLOOM.

LOOKING BEAUTIFUL, DIFFERENT COLORS.

THEY HAVE NAMES, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE IN THE GARDEN AND YOU HAVE A LOT OF GARDENS.

I WANT TO SHOW YOU GUYS SOMETHING.

THEY HAVE A MAP ACTUALLY AND IT'S A FUN WAY TO GET INVOLVED IN THE — I GUESS IN THE FESTIVITIES? EXPLAIN HOW THIS WORKS.

>> WE WANT TO GET PEOPLE AROUND TO THE TULIPS SO WE MARKED WHERE ALL THE TULIPS ARE.

WE HAVE A COMPANION PIECE THAT LISTS A VARIETY OF TULIPS AND THEN WE HAVE A TICKET AND PEOPLE TAKE THE TICKET AND THERE ARE 30 BUSINESSES AROUND THE MAP AND SOME OF THEM ARE ACROSS THE CANAL AND SOME OF THEM ARE IN TOWN HERE AND YOU GO AND YOU GET IT STAMPED AND ALL YOU DO IS GO TO 10 OF THE 30, GET IT STAMPED AND THEN TURN IT IN TO US AND THEY'RE ELIGIBLE FOR A GIFT CERTIFICATE.

>> IT'S FREE AND THEY CAN WIN A GIFT CERTIFICATE WHICH IS AWESOME.

YOU HAVE A CUSTOM OTHER FESTIVITIES PLANNED.

COMING UP TOMORROW, ACTUALLY, TELL ME ABOUT THERE'S A QUILT DISPLAY? >> THERE'S A SPRING FLOWER QUILT EXHIBITION AND IT'S OVER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CANAL UNDER THE BEACON — IN THE BEACON MOTEL LOBBY AND IT'S JUST BEAUTIFUL.

EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT INTO QUILTING YOURSELF, JUST TO SEE THEM IS — >> AND IT MAKES SENSE.

WE'RE TALKING FLOWERS.

>> WE HAVE A FLORIST IN TOWN WHO IS GOING TO BE IN THE PARK DOING TULIP DISPLAY AND THEN ALSO IF YOU GO INTO FLOWERS BY NAOMI ON SECOND STREET, THEY'RE DOING LIVE TULIP DISPLAYS, SHOWING YOU HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENTS AND EVERYTHING.

>> AND THERE'S A TROLLEY THAT WILL TAKE YOU GUYS AROUND.

IT'S CALLED A TIP TOE THROUGH THE TULIPS TROLLEY.

APPARENT THIS WILL IS A THING.

>> WE'LL HAVE TO FILL YOU IN ON THE INSIDE JOKE THERE.

>> AS I GET SCHOOLED IN MY TULIP KNOWLEDGE, I'LL SEND IT BACK TO YOU GUYS.

I'LL TAKE SOME TIME AND SMELL THE FLOWERS.

>> GOOD IDEA.

>> TULIPS TO TIP TOE THROUGH,.

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