Board members present: Left to Right Sara Huyser, Glenda De Vries, Jill Haarsma, Nan Reinking, Arlo Van Beek, Alan Donaldson, Jim Schaap
2022 Tulip Festival Extravaganza reveals Parade Marshal
The annual Orange City Tulip Festival Extravaganza was held Wednesday, March 23, at Prairie Winds Event Center. The event featured a luncheon and program during which the costumes for the 2022 Tulip Queen and Court were revealed and the 2022 parade marshal was introduced.
The Tulip Festival Steering Committee is pleased to honor the volunteers of the Dutch-American Heritage Museum as parade marshals for the 81st annual event. The Dutch-American Heritage Museum was founded in 1969 as the Sioux County Historical Society. In March of 2020, the board launched an ambitious campaign for updates. Board members spearheaded the renovation process which included a garden plaza, a facelift for both the interior and exterior of the main museum, and a complete renovation of The Annex to display and house a growing military collection. The Annex—with entirely new exhibits from the military collection—will open for the 2022 Tulip Festival.
Over the years, festival guests have enjoyed viewing many historical exhibits, and since 1994, the museum has been home to the festival’s Flower Show. In recent years, the museum has added private tours for our festival guests.
Telling true stories is both a responsibility and an art, and we are thankful to the museum volunteers for the countless hours they give, preserving local history so we can experience these important stories in our present day. This is a gift both for our visitors during the third weekend in May and for our community members throughout the year.