Tag Archives: tulip festival

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

Siouxland’s Orange City Tulip Festival

19 May

Every year Orange City, Iowa, sponsors its Tulip Festival to celebrate its Dutch roots. This year was its 75th festival and parade. I have been to the festival a few times to photograph and produce a video about the festival and parade. The organizers this year gave a nod to its roots and some individuals involved in the very first parade. To a visitor, maybe the nod wasn’t so much and didn’t give a great insight. To locals, the acknowledgment was probably significant. But either way, it was a nice way to spend a day. I had my Photo Safari class from the community college meet me there for one of our outings. And they seemed a little overwhelmed with so much to photograph, which I found is a good thing.

With stormy and rainy weather occurring last week, it seemed the parade and festival dodged the bullet with no showers occurring at least on Saturday. And it made the time spent all the more enjoyable.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

2014 Siouxland Tulip Time, Orange City

25 May

A week ago Orange City, Iowa, celebrated its annual Tulip Festival over the weekend. Two parades a day Thursday, Friday and Saturday with local marching bands and floats. The residents of Orange City take great pride in their Dutch heritage, dressing in traditional costumes and serving somewhat “authentic” food, as well as providing a carnival. This year was no different. I have been many times over the past few years and always enjoy the spectacle, seeing, most times, a profusion of tulips in bloom around the downtown area along the boulevards and in people’s yards. That is unless cold weather dampens the occasion. This year there were tulips but not as many as previous years as this spring has been unusually cool.

But still, sunny days and traditions and parades, make it a good time.

 

When the time rolls around again next year, I will be wandering the streets downtown looking for photo opportunities and watching a community genuinely enjoy itself, bringing its heritage to life for its weekend guests who stop by to see for themselves, and if just for a day, to understand a little more about what it means to be Dutch.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland’s Tulip Festival Time, Orange City

30 Apr

The Orange City, Iowa, tulip festival celebrates its Dutch heritage in May of every year in Siouxland. The community has a parade, the residents dress up in Dutch costumes that represent different segments of that historical society and walk down the street in their costumes as an announcer explains the history behind each. Orange City residents young and old participate, performing dances from their “native” land during the day. There are other activities as well as a carnival. It’s a pleasant way to spend half your day or more. In addition, there are some Dutch pastry treats that are made this time of year for visitors to get a taste of Dutch hospitality and tradition.

There used to be demonstration area set up in a small building in town where people could watch wooden shoes being made as well. A resident from the Netherlands moved to Orange City a few decades ago bringing with him his tools for creating wooden shoes which he did for many years until he passed on. As explained by a current resident, the wooden shoes withstood the work in wet fields that people encountered and didn’t rot as did leather shoes. But that demonstration area has disappeared in time.

Also throughout the community, an abundant crop of tulips can be found growing, weather permitting, that is no late frosts which would kill the blooms. And it’s pleasant to stroll the streets, watch the people dressed in traditional garb and enjoying celebrating their heritage by making it come alive for a weekend to share with visitors.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux CIty, Iowa

 

Siouxland Tulip Festival, Orange City

19 May

Another year, another Tulip Festival in Orange City. Even though the weather wreaked havoc on the plants, the Siouxland festival itself, as always, is a delight. A good crowd and the friendly natives meant for a nice weekend outing.

More photographs can be found here.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux CIty, Iowa

%d bloggers like this: