UPDATE: Oversized wooden shoes recovered ahead of Tulip Time festival

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HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) - Two pairs of oversized wooden shoes that were displayed as part of an art competition for the annual Tulip Time Festival in Michigan have been recovered after they were recently stolen.

From Tulip Time Festival on Facebook:

Great news! Both pair of missing Klompen were recovered by Holland PD late Thursday night. The pieces were not damaged beyond repair. After some touchups by the artists, the Klompen will be returned to Centennial Park. Tulip Time is grateful for Holland PD and our community's support in helping return the artwork so soon. We are excited to kick off our 90th Anniversary celebrations this weekend and look forward to yet another beautiful festival. ��

Original Story:

Two pairs of oversized wooden shoes that were displayed as part of an art competition for the annual Tulip Time Festival in Michigan have been stolen.

Artists decorated 45 big pairs of the traditional Dutch clogs called klompen for the "Klompen Garden" public art event in Holland and the shoes were on display outdoors. The festival officially starts Saturday, but workers on Thursday noticed two pairs were missing from Centennial Park.

The clogs are nearly 3 feet long and 1 foot wide. The Holland Sentinel reports they were secured in the ground with steel stakes.

Officials are hopeful the shoes will be returned. The western Michigan city of Holland is known for its Dutch heritage and the annual Tulip Time festival is a big tourist attraction.

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From Tulip Time Festival on Facebook:

Tulip Time is disappointed to share that 2 pairs of the Klompen Garden shoes are missing from Centennial Park. A police report has been filed. We are more interested in finding the shoes and returning them to their respective locations for public enjoyment than prosecuting whoever took them. The People's Choice contest will continue on our facebook page and through Holland Sentinel's website. The two missing shoes will continue to be part of the contest. So far, the public's positive reception and support of Klompen Garden has been wonderful. We are hopeful and appreciate any help from the community as we begin celebrating our 90th Anniversary.