The Tulip Festival Steering Committee is pleased to introduce a commemorative book for the upcoming 75th annual Tulip Festival, slated for May 14-16.
The book, entitled “Celebrating Our Dutch Heritage: The Story of the Orange City Tulip Festival,” was written by Bill Kalsbeek, an Orange City native and current part-time resident of the community. The book documents the festival’s history and contains hundreds of images that span the decades of the event.
“We are very grateful for Bill and his willingness to research the history and tell the story of the festival since its founding in the 1930s,” says Arlyn Schaap, co-chairman of the Steering Committee. “We are excited to share the book with community members and visitors alike.”
Kalsbeek will hold book signings during Tulip Festival, and attendees will have the opportunity to have their books signed and stamped with the 75th annual Tulip Festival seal. The book signings will take place at Stadscentrum from 9 to 10 a.m. each day of the festival.
“We extend many thanks to the individuals who assisted in the completion of this book through their collections, focus groups, interviews, and editing,” says Schaap. “The book is a wonderful representation of the dedication our community holds for the festival, both now and in years past.”
The hardcover book is available for purchase at a cost of $35 per copy. Please include $6 per book for shipping and handling if you would like your book sent to you. Checks can be made out to the Orange City Tulip Festival and sent with the order form to the festival office:
Orange City Tulip Festival
509 8th Street SE
Orange City, Iowa 51041