2019 Orange City Tulip Festival kicks off

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ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – The 2019 Tulip Festival has kicked off in Orange City Thursday. 

Most of the tulip beds at Wind Field Park are blooming and colorful, but some blooms are still waiting to come through. Organizers say the wet and cooler spring has some of the namesake flowers a little behind this year. 

“We plant about 30,000 bulbs in the fall and know that we just wait until these three days in May and hope that we have beautiful blooms,” festival volunteer Cassie Baker said. “Some of our beds are blooming, and the other was hoping that the sunshine helps them bloom for the end of the festival.”

Many people come to enjoy the beautiful spring flowers planted all over Orange City. There are also plenty of places to purchase bulbs to plant their own tulip beds back home. While it may be called the Tulip Festival, the flowers are not the only thing drawing in thousands of visitors year after year.

The Dutch heritage is showcased during two parades each day of the festival is a fan favorite for spectators and the hundreds of Orange City volunteers who come out in traditional Dutch costumes and wooden shoes to clean the streets and showcase their Dutch dancing skills practiced throughout the year.  

Of course, it wouldn’t be a tradition without all of the food. And there are so many Dutch favorites to chose from at the Tulip Festival.

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