Jose Beato gets a tiny hand in his face by 17-month-old daughter Keilah, as mom/wife Justine smiles while taking a photo at the Cultus Lake Flower Fest on opening day Saturday, July 17, 2021. Not pictured is their other daughter, four-year-old Kyline. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Jose Beato gets a tiny hand in his face by 17-month-old daughter Keilah, as mom/wife Justine smiles while taking a photo at the Cultus Lake Flower Fest on opening day Saturday, July 17, 2021. Not pictured is their other daughter, four-year-old Kyline. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: ‘It’s a peaceful environment,’ says owner of Cultus Lake Flower Fest

Lavender, lawn games and goats added to this year’s colourful floral festival in Chilliwack area

Fields of sunflowers, snapdragons and more opened July 17 as part of the annual Cultus Lake Flower Fest.

It’s the third year owner Jesse Wegenast has welcomed the public to view the three acres of beautiful blooms.

“Gardening, for me, has been incredibly therapeutic and incredibly fun,” he said on opening day.

A bee lands on some lavender at the Cultus Lake Flower Fest on opening day Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

A bee lands on some lavender at the Cultus Lake Flower Fest on opening day Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

New this year is an array of fragrant lavender amid the dahlias, zinnias and strawflowers.

He also planted a late field of flowers this year to ensure there’s still a lot in bloom by the end of the event on Labour Day. Some of the sunflowers will grow to about 10 or 11 feet tall.

Also new this year are lawn games like Yahtzee with giant dice, kettle corn and goats. People can also purchase fresh-cut customized bouquets of flowers.

Goats (one seen here on Saturday, July 17, 202) are one of the new attractions this year at the Cultus Lake Flower Fest. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Goats (one seen here on Saturday, July 17, 202) are one of the new attractions this year at the Cultus Lake Flower Fest. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

“Everything is very much a family business,” Wegenast says, pointing to the apron he was wearing, made by his mother-in-law.

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Owen Bosma snips flower for a bouquet at the Cultus Lake Flower Fest on opening day Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Owen Bosma snips flower for a bouquet at the Cultus Lake Flower Fest on opening day Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

He’s hoping people enjoy his fields of flowers as much as he and his family does.

“It’s a peaceful environment. It’s serene,” Wegenast says.

Located at 4215 Wilson Rd. in Yarrow, the Cultus Lake Flower Fest is open through Labour Day. Tickets are $10, admission is free for children ages 10 and younger. For tickets and more information, visit cultuslakeflowerfest.com.

Visitors take in the bright colours of the Cultus Lake Flower Fest on opening day Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Visitors take in the bright colours of the Cultus Lake Flower Fest on opening day Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

The Cultus Lake Flower Fest runs now until Labour Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

The Cultus Lake Flower Fest runs now until Labour Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

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