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Enjoying Late Blooms in Siouxland, Orange City

24 Jul

Tulips planted for the May Tulip Festival are now fading in Orange City, Iowa Friday, May 29, 2020 in Sioux City, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Flowers are a good reminder of fleeting moments and changing seasons in Siouxland. During the Tulip Festival in Orange City the Dutch community relishes in displaying its “Dutchness” and tulips are found everywhere and every year, except when that darn pesky winter season hangs on into spring.

A few weeks after the cancelled Tulip Festival in Orange City, Iowa Friday, May 29, 2020 in Sioux City, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Tulips continue blooming in Orange City, Iowa Friday, May 29, 2020 in Sioux City, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

But it’s nice to be able to enjoy the spring blooms as long as one cans, in vain hopes of slowing down time or preserving another moment of stillness and contentment. But time doesn’t stop and these late bloomers have since passed with summer now in full bloom.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Tulips planted for the May Tulip Festival are now fading in Orange City, Iowa Friday, May 29, 2020 in Sioux City, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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 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

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