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