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Lee County residents attempt tulip planting record

Tulips in April, roses in October

MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) — Lee County’s community members have attempted to set the world record for most people planting flower bulbs simultaneously.

The Hawk Eye reports that about 1,700 students and community members tried Tuesday to double the previous record of 850 people in the United Kingdom. County participants had five tulip bulbs to plant within an hour, and officials say the task was completed in less than 30 minutes.

Dana Millard with Lee County Economic Development, and one of the event’s organizers, says Guinness World Records must verify paperwork before the potential record is acknowledged.

Conservation group Pheasants Forever donated tulips to the event and considers it an investment in the future of nature conservation.