Wilmington Flower Market opens for business

May 8, 2009 4:09:38 PM PDT
The annual festival raises money for children's charities in Delaware.

Of course there was no shortage of flowers as the market opened today. And after nine days of rain, there was also no shortage of mud.

"They'll be able to get cleared off," said Wilmington resident Sarah Bradley, looking at her young son's mud-caked sneakers. "All that matters is that he's having a good time."

Lots of people wore boots today because organizers and locals know one thing about the flower market: it usually rains.

"We are prepared," said organizer Marla Likanchuck. "We expected this and we know how to deal with it."

Carol Johnson of Wilmington said, "We have been coming to the flower market for 13 years and only 2 years did we not have rain."

"We were going to come regardless," said Kim Jordan of Pike Creek. "Yes, it's a tradition for it to rain."

Rain or shine, the flower market always puts on a good face for the kids, with crafts and rides of all kinds.

And, it's double the fun for kids and adults who love to sample foods fresh off the grill. Some have an appetite for the unusual gifts like these flip flops, and many come knowing the flower market is always on Mothers Day weekend.

"We've been looking at flowers and jewelry and just unique crafts," said Tracy Conner of Middletown, Delaware, "to see if we can find something different."

Michelle Granger of Greenville said, "The kids love the rides and I like the shopping and the plants. I always get something for the garden every year when I come."

Some took home wagonloads of flowers, knowing proceeds go to local children's charities. Others lined up to get an autograph from Phillies favorite Shane Victorino, who was treated to an impromptu tribute to the late Harry Kalas from seven-year-old Benjamin Hess.

Most of all, the muddy festival-goers said they were glad the rain was out of here, at least today.

Accuweather is calling for some rain this weekend. But at the Wilmington Flower Market, you can always take a little sunshine home with you.

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