This year’s Tulip Time will be offering new experiences for our community’s festival attendees and will expand upon this year’s theme “En- joy Our Dutch Treasures.”
The Pella Memorial Building will be the site for “Dutch Demos and Dining.” Three demonstrations will be offered at 9:00 am and 10:00 am that will feature Sweet Treats with Chuck Van Veen demonstrating the Dutch chocolate candy making process, Look Like a Dutchman with Milly Vande Kieft dressing visi- tors in Dutch costumes and explaining the costume fea- tures, and Tip-Toe Through Our Tulips with Burgemeis- ter Randy Sikkema describ- ing the tulip planting pro- cess and taking visitors on a
tour of the Central Park tulip beds. Pella Garden Club will also sell tulip bulbs from the Netherlands.
From 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, the Memorial Build- ing will host a Dutch Lunch Buffet, supplied by Central College Catering, of Dutch spiced beef, hutspot, sni- bontjes, Dutch lettuce, rolls (made from Vermeer Mill wheat), almond bar, and beverage. The Pella High School “Strolling Strings” directed by Katherine Ben- don will offer entertainment on Thursday and Friday. The Memorial Building will of- fer a Dutch Coffee-Time from 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm that will feature a variety of Dutch pastries, ice cream, pie, and beverages.
The evening Feesthouden
stage entertainment begins at 7:00 pm and will feature a wide variety of musical styles. Thursday evening will feature gospel music by three of the area’s finest gospel ensembles – Heaven Bound Harmony, Shep- herd’s Staff, and the Larry Rozenboom Trio. Friday evening country music art- ist and Pella native Jason Brown will perform during Feesthouden and following the evening parade. Satur- day evening will bring the Des Moines group “Free- Style” and their horn driven soul with an attitude show to the Tulip Toren.
New floats will make an appearance in this year’s Volks Parades. Vermeer Cor- poration will celebrate their anniversary year with a float
theme “65 years – What an Adventure!” and bring the Cat in the Hat to Pella with a replica of the original Ver- meer wagon hoist. The Tulip Time Steering Committee, along with several volun- teers, is repurposing a float that was recently donated to the Pella Historical Society. The float is called “Holding Back the Sea” and is based on the story The Boy Who Held Back the Sea. A boy with his finger in the dike as well as an operating sluice gate will highlight this pa- rade entry.
An important historical event occurs in the Neth- erlands two days prior to Tulip Time on April 30. Queen Beatrix will abdicate the throne to her eldest son Willem Alexander, prince of
the House of Orange. Queen Beatrix served in her posi- tion for 33 years, her mother Queen Juliana served for 32 years, and her grandmother Queen Wilhemina served for 58 years. To honor and recognize this event in the Netherlands, festival partici- pants are asked to wear an orange ribbon. The ribbons are free and are available at Hometown Variety, the His- torical Society office, and the Vermeer Mill gift shop.
The Tulip Time Steering Committee encourages all visitors as well as Pella resi- dents to attend the various activities offered during Tu- lip Time. Check QR codes on brochures and the web- site pellatuliptime.com for updated information. Enjoy the festival!