2015 Tulip Festival Extravaganza to be Held March 18


The date for the annual Tulip Festival Extravaganza has been set for Wednesday, March 18. The event will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Prairie Winds Event Center, and will feature a luncheon and program.


The province of Queen Cara Venema and her royal Court’s costumes will be revealed, and they will present their traveling road show. In addition, the Tulip Festival Steering Committee will introduce the 2015 Parade Marshal.


The commissioned art piece by local artist John E. Vander Stelt will also be unveiled at the Extravaganza. Prints of the piece will be available following the event, a limited number of which will be signed by Vander Stelt.


“We are looking forward to the Extravaganza with great anticipation,” says Arlyn Schaap, co-chairman of the Steering Committee. “The event is a wonderful way to begin the spring activities for the festival.”


Tickets for the event are $15 each through March 6, and $20 each beginning March 7. Tickets can be purchased at the Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office.




Craft Show Introduced for 2015 Tulip Festival


The Tulip Festival Steering Committee is pleased to announce that a craft show will be added to this year’s list of events during the festival. The craft show will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, in the basement of Iowa State Bank.


“We’re excited to add a craft show to the festival, as it will add a unique aspect to our many events and attractions for visitors and community members to enjoy,” says Bea Schaap, co-chairperson of the Steering Committee.


Individuals who create handmade, original crafts are invited to apply for the craft show, and are encouraged to include Dutch items as a portion of their items to sell. Only handmade, original items will be accepted into the show, and no food or beverage items will be accepted.


Applications for the craft show are available on the festival’s website, and are open until March 15 or until the booths are full. Applications from individuals meeting the craft show requirements will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Individuals accepted will be notified by April 1, and an entry fee of $35 will be due by April 30 following acceptance. Questions can be directed to the Tulip Festival office at 712-707-4510.