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Wassenaar children in front of tulips in Pella's Central Park, May 1999
Jake and Samantha Wassenaar dressed in authentic Dutch costumes in Pella's Central Park, May 1999. Photo: Craig Wassenaar

Tulip Time

This three-day festival held in Pella, Iowa, each May began in 1935 as a commemoration of the sacrifices of the town's Dutch founding fathers. Thousands of tulips in bloom for today's festival were actually planted after the first festival was held. The town's Dutch heritage is still an important component, with many of the festivities performed in authentic costumes from the eleven Dutch provinces. Traditional foods such as vet boolen, poofertjes, and stroopwafels - all sweet pastries or cookies -- are served, and traditional crafts are demonstrated at Historical Village, a collection of vintage buildings. The festival is documented in historical text, color photographs, a videotape, and a brochure for the 65th annual festival to be held May 11 to 13, 2000.

Originally submitted by: Leonard L. Boswell, Representative (3rd District).



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