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Faces in Siouxland, Tulip Festival, Orange City

23 May

As many times as I return to the Tulip Festival in Orange City I am always seeing new and more faces. The entire community is involved in a effort to keep the town’s Dutch Heritage alive  and join in the celebration whether dancing traditional folk pieces, performing in various productions or parading through the streets. One always gets a Midwest welcome from smiling faces and people who genuinely seem to enjoy their 3-day holiday.

Faces of the annual Tulip Festival in Orange City, Iowa Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

And most of the time entire families are involved in the celebration. I have met and chatted with people that are now adults who remember their childhood participating in children’s activities associated with the parade. And the adults’s parents recall their participation. And now it’s the adult’s children who participate while the adults have moved on to adult enterprises associated with the festival.

Faces of the annual Tulip Festival in Orange City, Iowa Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The costumes worn by the residents representing various cultures within the Dutch heritage whether fisherman, cheese makers, farmers, it gives the visitor a glimpse into the past and a little bit of knowledge of where the ancestors of these people hail from. Plus, the food is not bad. And sweets. Did I mention coffee? It’s just a nice day to enjoy a celebration.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

Celebrating Dutch History in Siouxland, Orange City

19 May

This weekend is the annual Tulip Festival in Siouxland in Orange City. The small community celebrates its Dutch heritage with locals dressing in costume and performing traditional dancing, street cleaning and a parade of all things Dutch. It’s a three-day celebration. And it’s always fun, even if the weather doesn’t always cooperate. This year it is wet and cool, well maybe cold. Temperatures for some days are expected to be in the low 50’s. Chilly if you can’t wear a coat over your costume. However, for a photographer it gives one the chance to shoot a little differently.

Flowers are part of the parade of costumes exploring traditional Dutch dress of various regions at the annual Tulip Festival in Orange City, Iowa Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I have been photographing the event for a few years now. And so with a little change in weather it gives me an opportunity to photograph the event a little differently.The overcast sky makes it easier to shoot without harsh shadows and colors seem to pop a bit more, although the tulips seem to be suffering a little with such a cold, wet spring.

A cold wet spring has left blooming tulips a little less spectacular than previous years although a good resting spot for a fly at the annual Tulip Festival in Orange City, Iowa Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

There are so many different facets of the festival that sometimes the choices can kind of keep a person from shooting at all, or not paying enough attention as you flit from scene to scene trying to capture it all.

Town youngsters perform one of several Dutch dances during the annual Tulip Festival in Orange City, Iowa Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

And this year I spent some time chatting and having coffee inside with a former colleague out of the cool weather which means I need to go back one more day since I missed the parade. But what a nice way to spend a day. Seeing people enjoy themselves despite the inclement weather, and if it’s too cold or wet, there’s always another cup of coffee inside.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Celebrating History in Siouxland, Sioux Center

5 Sep

Sioux Center, Iowa, is another Siouxland community that celebrated its quasquicentennial this summer, or its 125th anniversary. And there was again a parade. I enjoy small town parades, even though most are similar to one another. Most times Shriners participate, as do owners of antique tractors and the various businesses in the community and with these milestone anniversaries, generational families. A day when people get together and enjoy one another’s company, taking their minds off current events and celebrating what is good right at home.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Tulip Time in Siouxland, Orange City

26 Jun

 

Even though it is now summer, Orange City, Iowa held its annual Tulip Festival in May and as always, a parade, food, costumes, and many people attending over the three-day event. This year I went the second day of the festival which had a fewer people on a Friday which was nice, and also because I had a class I was teaching Saturday. It was a little different in that the sidewalks were not quite as jammed with visitors. But the pomp and circumstance and hoopla surrounding the community’s celebration was still palpable.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Preparing to Celebrate Tulips in Siouxland, Orange City

6 May

During the month of May the Siouxland community of Orange City, Iowa will again celebrate its Dutch heritage with its Tulip Festival where some years upwards of 30,000 people or more visit the small town. Filled with costumes, food and music, visitors and residents wander the downtown streets to watch a parade, check out local exhibits and enjoy a day out as this community celebrates its history of Dutch immigrants.

The downtown area and nearby park as well as other nearby streets are already in spring bloom, and the festival bloom of tulips showing their colors. Spruced up and just waiting for visitors and the festivities to get underway.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Tradition in Siouxland, River-cade Parade, Sioux City

19 Jul

Like many communities in the Siouxland area, Sioux City, Iowa, has a few traditions. One is the River-cade Parade. Its history stretches back 50 some years, beginning with a celebration of the Missouri River and the commercial traffic on the river. But like many traditions, the original meaning and purpose of the celebration gets lost over the years. Rivercade has struggled over the last number of years of getting volunteers to help, getting people and groups to participate, and just keeping the tradition alive.

This year thee was going to be a kazoo contingent walking and playing in the parade, and it didn’t materialize. There was also the scramble days before of getting enough groups to participate to actually make the parade happen. As the event organizers age, some now reaching their 70’s, what happens to tradition. If younger people do not participate in the organization itself, where does that leave a community’s tradition, and should that tradition then become what it celebrates, history.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A Siouxland Rodeo Parade, Cherokee

1 Jun

So this weekend in Siouxland was filled with a lot of “horsing” around, pun intended, in Cherokee, Iowa, as it held its 49th annual Cherokee PRCA rodeo and rodeo parade. The rodeo was held three nights, Thursday – Saturday, but the parade was Saturday afternoon. And like most parades, there were floats, candy throwing for children of all ages and some other interested parties (read politicians) who also participated. It too is nice and features a number of horses and horse groups since it all comes back to the rodeo.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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