Pella, Iowa will hold its 79th Tulip Time Festival on May 1-3 this year. Each day of the festival, tens of thousands of visitors will visit Pella to experience Dutch culture, parades, Dutch food, live entertainment, a craft fair and the brightly-colored tulips in bloom throughout the community. The City of Pella plants over 280,000 tulip bulbs and over 100 varieties annually. All activities are family-friendly, and located in historic downtown Pella.
The Tulip Time Festival hosts two parades daily, one at 2:30 p.m. and a lighted evening parade at 8:30 p.m. Parades feature elaborate floats, marching bands, and Pella residents in traditional Dutch attire.
In between parades, visitors can experience interactive Dutch culture by visiting Pella's museums. The Vermeer Mill is the tallest working windmill in the United States, and can be fully explored including a deck overlooking the Pella community and a large miniature Dutch village. The Pella Historical Village is next door, and guests enjoy 24 buildings showcasing Dutch culture and life. Stunning gardens and live artisans bring the Dutch culture to life in the Pella Historical Village. The Scholte House Museum is the founder of Pella's home, and features many of the family's original belongings from Holland.
Just blocks from downtown Pella, a craft fair features over 100 booths and food vendors. Local authentic Dutch bakeries and meat markets are downtown destinations, as are a large flower show and quilt show. Guided tours of the Pella community are also available.
Nightly shows prior to each evening's lighted parade draw a crowd. Performances include "The End, A Tribute to the Beatles" on Thursday, May 1; "The Sons of Gladys Kravitz" on Friday, May 2; and "Newton Church of the Way Praise and Worship Team" on Saturday, May 3.
The theme for this year's Tulip Time Festival is "Dutch Fun For Everyone". The festival is sponsored annually by the Pella Historical Society to commemorate and celebrate the Dutch Heritage of the Pella community.
For more information, contact the Pella Historical Society, PO Box 145, Pella, IA 50219.
Telephone: 641-628-4311 Fax: 641-628-9192
Web site: http://www.pellahistorical.org/