Everything is coming up tulips at the three-day Pella Tulip Time Festival featuring parades, Dutch craft market, street scrubbing, Dutch dancing, quilt show, entertainment, flower show, food and Vermeer Mill tours.
Schedule of Events
Here's what's coming up:
- Klompen Classic 5K Run/Walk Wed May 1, 2013
- Oklahoma! - an audience participation film Thu May 2, 2013
- The Fred Gazzo Band Thu May 2, 2013 – Fri May 3, 2013
- Pella Tulip Time Festival Thu May 2, 2013 – Sat May 4, 2013
- The Dominie's Wife: presented by the Union Street Players Thu May 2, 2013 – Sat May 4, 2013
- Sound of Music (an audience participation film) Fri May 3, 2013
- Central College Flying Pans Steel Band Sat May 4, 2013
Things you won't want to miss:
- Amsterdam School
- Dutch Letters
- Dutch Letters
- Dutch Storefronts & Architecture
- Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery
- Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium
Each year the Pella Tulip Time Queen and her court rule over the Tulip Time Festival. This is one of the highest honors for any young lady. The Queen is officially crowned at the Tulip Toren stage on Thursday afternoon of the festival prior to the afternoon parade. The Queen and court are selected in November prior to the festival in May. They spend several months promoting the Tulip Time Festival.
The Dutch are known for their tidiness. To make sure the streets of Pella are ready for the Queen, her court and the parade, city leaders declare to residents, who are all dressed in their Dutch attire, to “wash the streets” along Franklin for two blocks. Young and old participate in this tradition with brooms and buckets in hand.
You really haven’t experienced Tulip Time until you've sample some of the fine Dutch foods around Pella. You will find all types of treats sure to please everyone’s taste buds. Ask the locals (dressed in Dutch attire) for specialties at food stands and local restaurants. Hint…Dutch letters are not something you mail at the post office – they’re a great coffee time treat with a flaky pastry outside and almond filling.
There are several groups that perform traditional Dutch dances during the festival. The Dutch Family Singers and Dutchesses can be found throughout the festival performing at the Molengracht, in front of the Vermeer Mill and at Central Park. Before each parade, local residents perform Dutch dances on the street in front of the Tulip Toren stage. Lucky visitors are often invited to join in the fun for a dance or two.
Before each parade, you can enjoy Tulip Toren stage entertainment by purchasing tickets to the grandstand or park area. Evening performances include a special guest each night. For this year’s line up of entertainers, go to www.pellatuliptime.com.
The reinactment of the Dutch cheese market is a fun activity to watch.
The Tulip Toren in Central Park is the site of entertainment before each parade.
Colorful costumes share the traditions of our Dutch ancestry.
Windmills can be found all around Pella...event on our floats!
The colorful tulips are the star of the festival.
The Vermeer Mill, Pella Opera House and Klokkenspel are all must stops on a visit to Tulip Time.
Dutch dancing is great fun...and visitors often are invited to join the fun.
Young and old join in street scrubbing
Tulips are planted each year in fall.
Tulips bloom from early to late spring.
Tulips come in many forms.
Tulips come in many varieties.
Tulips come in many colors.
Tulips are delicate.
One thing we call all agree is that no matter the color, type or variety they are the most beautiful flower you will ever see.
Tell us the types of activities you enjoy and we’ll help you organize your stay in the Red Rock Area.
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