It was the 62nd year for the Albany Tulip Festival at Washington Park. (Brett proposed by a huge bed of tulips at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, so the flowers hold a special meaning for us!) Apparently thousands of others wanted to see the tulips too, so we had to park about a mile away from Washington Park. Not a problem, except the sky was a little cloudy...oh, and there was thunder too. But wise Brett said, "No silly Heather, you don't need to bring an umbrella, we'll be fine." Not 10 minutes later, the Garretts found themselves huddling under a pine tree in the middle of a hail storm with a bunch of pot smoking hippies. Thankfully, it didn't take long for the storm to move through, the skies to clear and the adventure to resume.
But it's not just the flowers and foods on a stick that are the draw for Tulip Fest. Musical performances bring in all the local college student, along with the fact that you can bring in your own coolers full of...whatever you please. All those drunk people in all that mud was a Tide commercial waiting to happen. We did get to hear OK Go! perform, but weren't really close enough to tell if they were on treadmills. Probably the most exciting part of the day was watching two people get arrested. Unfortunately, the Albany Mounted Police Department didn't lasso or hogtie them...just the standard handcuffs. But we are nearly certain we heard "Bad Boys" playing somewhere in the background.