The annual Beta Sigma Phi Tulip Sale started promptly at 10 a.m. Friday in Hamilton's historic Bitterroot Cannery building at the corner of US 93 and Pine Street. The Chapter Preceptor Sigma sold the cut flowers in bunches of 10 for $8.

This year, the money raised went to Bitterroot CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, who help kids maneuver through the court system when their families are involved in some sort of legal difficulties.

Where do the flowers come from? Actually, not that far away. Greengable farms of Philomath, Oregon, send the boxes of tulips to Montana, arriving Thursday, March 29, just in time for sales March 30. The tulips are stored overnight in the cool cannery backrooms, where autumn pie cherry harvests from around the Bitterroot are still brought in yearly.

By the way, if you bought a bunch, remember to read the directions - cut the stems, keep in cold water and out of direct sunlight. Happy Easter!