One Tank Trips: Holland, Michigan's Tuliptime Festival

By: Joel Schipper Email
By: Joel Schipper Email

A beautiful, fragrant sign of spring. No matter where you walk in Holland, Michigan, these flowers greet you every step of the way. It's the 2008 Tuliptime festival beginning this weekend and if you plan on coming up here for any part of the week long event, you won't be alone.

“We are in the top ten festivals in the country we're 79 years old, we've had ample time to grow this festival and we expect between 400 and 500, 000 who will visit our city in the 8 day period, says Tamra Bouman, Executive Director of “Tulip Story.”

It has lots rides, fireworks, tons of events and we can't forget the parades.

“We have over 1,400 costumed Klompen dancers or Dutch dancers and 63 performances throughout the week. It is truly a wonderful event,” says Bouman.

It's a celebration of the Dutch culture, but you don't have to be Dutch to experience this massive festival. However, an appreciation for these gorgeous tulips does help. Take it from Veldeers Tulip Farm, where it’s all about the tulips, a veritable sea of color. We're not talking about 200-300 thousand here, more like 6 million.

White, red, orange, yellow, and pink are just some of the colors you can stroll through. Folks take photos, admire the nearby buffalo, and just relax—with more than 600 varieties of tulips are on hand. Visitors to the festival certainly won't have a shortage of things to do and see.

The festival begins May 3rd and runs through the 10th.

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