The United States Postal Service will hold a first-day ceremony for a new, tulip-themed series of forever stamps at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn next month, according to a February 23 press release from the federal agency.
The ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, located at 33814 South Meridian Road. The ceremony is being held during the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, which runs from March 24 through April 30.
The ceremony is open to the public. Registration information is available on the USPS website.
The postal service purchased a limited number of festival tickets, and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival features food vendors, children’s activities, wine tours and hot air balloons.
Tulips originated as wildflowers in central Asia and were brought to America by Dutch immigrants hundreds of years ago, the USPS said. Today, the country import more than 1 billion bulbs annually.
The new stamps show 10 different tulips in a rainbow of colors. In each design, the blossom fills nearly the entire frame, with only the top of the stem showing. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps with existing photographs by Denise Ippolito.
The stamps will be issued in double-sided panes of 20 and coils of 3,000 and 10,000.
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