Tulip Festival Visitor Survey

If you joined us for Tulip Festival 2018, we would love to hear from you!

Please fill out this survey and you will be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card to Starbucks.

Thank you for joining us for our Tulip Festival. We hope to see you again next year!

Adult Dutch Dance practice dates are set for Tulip Festival

The Tulip Festival Steering Committee invites adults, college-age and older, to participate in the Adult Dutch Dance portion of this year’s Straat Feest. Both new and returning dancers are welcome and encouraged to join.

Adult Dutch Dance Practice dates are set for six Monday evenings, beginning in April. The dates include April 9, 16, 23, 30, as well as May 7, 14. Each practice will be held from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. at the Orange City Town Hall.

Authentic Dutch costumes are required for participants. If you’re new to the group, we encourage you to come to all of the practices. If you are a returner, feel free to join us as your schedule permits, but we’d love to have everyone on the final Monday before Tulip Festival.

Questions? Contact Kris McDonald at 712.541.3636 or via email: kmcdonal@nwciowa.edu

2018 Dutch Costume Exchange set for April 4

The 2018 Tulip Festival Dutch costume exchange is set for Wednesday, Apr. 4. The event will take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Stadscentrum, located on the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street North in Orange City.

Individuals interested in selling Dutch costumes can bring them to the Orange City Tulip Festival office, located at 509 8th Street SE, on Monday, Apr. 2 or Tuesday, Apr. 3.

Sellers should determine the price of their costumes and are asked to print and fill out the seller’s form. Please note that the Tulip Festival Steering Committee only accepts authentic Dutch costumes for the exchange.

Individuals interested in purchasing Dutch costumes don’t need to have an authentic Dutch costume to sell, and individuals interested in selling authentic Dutch costumes don’t need to purchase others.

A variety of costumes will be available for purchase for children and adults.

2018 Tulip Festival brochures have arrived

The Orange City Tulip Festival is pleased to announce the annual Tulip Festival brochures have arrived at the Tulip Festival office.

Individuals interested in receiving their own brochure can either request for one to be mailed to them by filling out this form or can pick one up today at the Tulip Festival office, located at 509 8th Street SE.

The brochure includes a daily schedule of the Tulip Festival, information on festival activities, attractions and special events such as Straatfeest and the Night Show. Also included is information on food, travel and lodging at and around the Tulip Festival.

Questions about the brochure can be directed to the Tulip Festival office at 712-707-4510.

2018 Tulip Festival Extravaganza scheduled

The annual Orange City Tulip Festival Extravaganza will be held Wednesday, March 14, at 11:45 a.m. at Prairie Winds Event Center.  The event features a luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. with the program to follow during which the costumes for the 2018 Tulip Queen and Court are revealed and the 2018 parade marshals will be introduced.

The 2018 Tulip Court will also present their traveling road show for the first time. The road show, which the festival royalty wrote and will present to various organizations, schools, and residential care facilities this spring,  tells of the events and attractions at Tulip Festival and gives a detailed overview of their costumes.

Members of the 2018 Tulip Court are Queen Juliana Tien, daughter of Gale and Cathie Tien, Alexa Arends, daughter of Troy and Darla Arends; Josie Maasdam, daughter of Kirk and Becky Maasdam; Haley Smit, daughter of Jason and Kara Smit; Corinne Wiese, daughter of Robert and Tricia Wiese.

An additional highlight will be a “teaser” of the upcoming Tulip Festival Night Show production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The cast has been tirelessly rehearsing the show and some members will be present to share the progress with attendees.

Tickets $20 and are available now at the Tulip Festival Windmill Office on Hwy 10 or by calling 712-707-4510.

ArtBurst 2018

Regional artists are invited to apply to exhibit and sell their work at ArtBurst 2018, a juried fine art fair scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, in Orange City, Iowa.

Free to the public, ArtBurst is part of the Orange City Tulip Festival, a celebration of the community’s Dutch heritage that attracts thousands of people each year. The fair is held on the grounds of the historical Sioux County Courthouse, which is located on the Tulip Festival’s parade route and near food vendors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19.

Up to 40 artists will be chosen for ArtBurst and eligible for one of two $300 awards presented for Best of Show in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. Applications will be accepted from anyone who produces original fine art. All art must be designed and created by the exhibiting artist. ArtBurst artists will be chosen by a jury, which will make its selections based on the aesthetic quality of the art and the number of artists in each medium.

The application deadline for ArtBurst 2018 is Feb. 1; applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by March 1. Interested artists should apply online at octulipfestival.com/artburst, where they can submit photos of their work and pay a nonrefundable $20 jury fee. Accepted artists will be charged $75 for each 10-by-10-foot booth space.

For more information, visit octulipfestival.com/artburst, call 712-707-4510, or email artburst@octulipfestival.com.

Dutch Dozen Auditions

Dutch Dozen Auditions are January 24th from 3:30 to 5:00 at the Orange City Elementary Music Room. More information available by contacting Sharon Foughty at: sfoughty@mocfv.org or Brande Pals at: bjpals12@gmail.com

The Dutch Dozen was formed in 1947, and continues to be a highlight of the festival each year. A group of 12 young ladies and 12 young men, all in high school, provide a colorful, light-hearted and melodious journey through Old Holland, with most of the choreographed singing in Dutch. Dutch Dozen members wear traditional Volendam costumes, and the ladies wear signature orange klompen, or wooden shoes.

2018 Orange City Tulip Queen Crowned

The 2018 Tulip Court (L-R): Corinne Wiese, Josie Maasdam, Queen Juliana Tien, Haley Smit, Alexa Arends

Juliana Tien was crowned the 2018 Tulip Festival Queen on Monday, Nov. 13. Juliana will reign over the 78th annual Tulip Festival, set for May 17, 18 and 19, 2018.

A senior at Unity Christian High School in Orange City, Juliana is the daughter of Gale and Cathie Tien.

Juliana is joined on the 2018 Tulip Court by court members Alexa Arends, daughter of Troy and Darla Arends; Josie Maasdam, daughter of Kirk and Becky Maasdam; Haley Smit, daughter of Jason and Kara Smit; Corinne Wiese, daughter of Robert and Tricia Wiese.

Juliana and her court members spent Monday afternoon interviewing with judges Cassie Baker, Catherine Bloom and Jeff Wagner.

A pageant was held for the public in the evening. Each of the candidates answered questions on various topics and gave an individual presentation. Juliana was crowned queen as a conclusion to the evening.

Juliana and her court will serve as ambassadors for the Orange City Tulip Festival as they travel in the spring, making several media and public appearances.

2018 Tulip Festival Night Show announces new details

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The Tulip Festival Steering Committee has an exciting announcement regarding the annual Night Show musical production, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

In addition to the May 16-19 line up of shows, there will be an additional show on Tuesday, May 15. The show will begin at a special time, 6:30 p.m., creating a family-friendly time frame for all to enjoy. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and can get their picture taken with the cast after the show.  Tickets will go on sale January 29 and available at the Orange City chamber office for the purchase price of $20 each.

Tryouts for the show start on January 9, from 7-9pm, January 11, from 7-9pm and January 13, 9am-12pm.  Location of the tryout will be the Unity Christian Knight Center.

New photos have been released detailing the types of costumes Orange City will see when Beauty and the Beast hits the stage. The entire cast will be costumed with professional rented costumes from Costume World Theatrical, of Deerfield Beach, FL; the largest provider of costumes in the country.

The licensee and production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast include Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice.  Book by Linda Woolverton. Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth and Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.