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, 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, call 712-707-4510, or email

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: or Brande Pals at:

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.

Orange City’s 2018 Tulip Court Elected

Orange CIty’s 2018 Tulip Court (L-R): Corinne Wiese, Alexa Arends, Josie Maasdam, Haley Smit, Juliana Tien 

Orange City’s 2018 Tulip Court was elected on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Tulip Court members for the 78th annual Tulip Festival include: Alexa Arends, daughter of Troy and Darla Arends; Josie Maasdam, daughter of Kirk and Becky Maasdam; Haley Smit, daughter of Jason and Kara Smit; Juliana Tien, daughter of Gale and Cathie Tien; Corinne Wiese, daughter of Robert and Tricia Wiese.

A Queen’s Tea and Pageant will be held on November 13 to crown the 2018 Tulip Queen. The Queen and Court will serve as ambassadors for Orange City’s 78th annual Tulip Festival, set for May 17-19, 2018.

2018 Tulip Court Election to be held September 20


2018 Tulip Court Election to be held September 20

Voting for the 2018 Tulip Court will take place from 12 to 8 p.m. at Stadscentrum, located on the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street North in Orange City.

Candidates for the 2018 Court are: Alexa Arends, daughter of Troy and Darla Arends; Megan Brower, daughter of Derek and Joan Brower; Jade De Kok, daughter of Scott and Becki De Kok; Kaitlyn Hulstein, daughter of Duane and Judy Hulstein, Josie Maasdam, daughter of Kirk and Becky Maasdam; Haley Smit, daughter of Jason and Kara Smit; Juliana Tien, daughter of Gale and Cathie Tien; Kyra Vande Brake, daughter of Steven and Mary Vande Brake; Corinne Wiese, daughter of Robert and Tricia Wiese.

Eligible voters are adults with an Orange City address and 7th through 12th grade students at MOC-Floyd Valley, Orange City Christian School and Unity Christian High School.

2018 Night Show Production Announced


The Tulip Festival Steering Committee has announced the annual Night Show musical production for May 15-19, 2018, as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

“Be Our Guest!” The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Epic scenery, custom built enchanted sets, and professional costumes will make this show one for all ages, and the largest production ever before performed on the Tulip Festival stage.

Guests of this production will step into an enchanted world of this “tale as old as time.”  The story tells of a young woman, named Belle, living in a provincial town, yet dreams of more.  And Beast, who is actually a young prince trapped under a spell of enchantments.  The cast will be filled with memorable characters; a talkative know it all clock, a kindhearted candelabra, a young precocious tea cup and his lovable mother tea pot, just to name a few.  If the Beast can learn to love, and be loved in return, the curse will end and he and all in the castle will return to their normal selves, but time is running out.

Directing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be Todd Vande Griend.  This is the 19th production Vande Griend has been a part of.  “I am excited to take on the challenge of this enormous production, and bringing the enchantment and excitement of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to Tulip Festival stage in 2018,” Vande Griend said.

Vande Griend is joined in the leadership of the 2018 Night Show by Sarah Weber, Producer, Becky Donahue, Choreographer.

The cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will consist of approximately 35-40 people ages 16 and older. Auditions will be held in January 2018. Join us for this live production, May 15-19 at the Unity Knight Center, in Orange City, IA.  We are adding a Tuesday Show that will begin at 6:30 p.m. Other showtimes will begin promptly at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the Night Show will go on sale for $20 each on Monday, January 29, 2018, at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig. Book by Linda Woolverton and Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice. Music by Alan Menken. Originally directed by Robert Jess Roth and originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Disney’s Beauty and The Beast is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684.

2017 Dutch Costume Exchange set for April 5

The annual Tulip Festival Dutch Costume Exchange is set for Wednesday, April 5. The event will take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Stadscentrum, located at the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street North in Orange City.

Individuals interested in selling Dutch costumes can bring them to the Tulip Festival office, located at 509 8th Street SE, on Monday, April 3 or Tuesday, April 4.

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.

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

2017 Parade Marshals Introduced

The Tulip Festival Steering Committee is very pleased to honor the Pressman-Koster Post 329 of The American Legion as the parade marshals for the 77th annual event.

Each year a Parade Marshal is chosen for the festival.  This honor is given to recognize someone for the contributions they have made to the festival in past years.

This year, instead of honoring an individual, we chose to honor a group of people.  This group currently consists of 150 members.  They not only lead every parade during the festival, they also serve our community by conducting Memorial Day services as well as military funerals.  They help our youth by donating to after prom parties, supporting the Boy Scouts and American Legion summer baseball and sending 4 young men to the Boys State Conference each summer.  This group was chartered in 1919 as the John C. Pressman post who gave his life in World War I.  After World War II, the name was changed to the Pressman-Kosters post in honor of Allen and Henry Kosters who were killed in World War II.

2017 Tulip Court Costumes Revealed

The Annual Orange City Tulip Festival Extravaganza was held Wednesday, march 15, at Prarie Winds Event Center. The event featured a luncheon and program during which the costumes for the 2017 Tulip Queen and Court were revealed and the 2017 parade marshals were introduced.

Members of the 2017 Tulip Court are Queen Karli Lang is the daughter of Chris and Sherry Lang; Emma De Jong, daughter of Douglas and Jamie De Jong; Olivia Duesenberg, daughter of Gary and Rachel Duesenberg; Sydnee Olson, daughter of Jody and Denene Nibbelink and Chad and Amanda Olson; and Noelle Sampson, daughter of Brent and Teresa Sampson.

The costume this year is from the village of Hoorn which is located in the west Friesland region, in the province of North Holland.  This costume is circa 1850.

In 1850, Hoorn was a seaport village, known for its connection to, and wealth from, the East India Trading Company. The fact that rich sea merchants sought to parade their wealth is evident in the women’s expensive costume– at the time, the skirt would have been made from expensive floral chintz, the apron, and jacket made from a silk, which had probably been imported by the East India Trading company.  In addition, the expensive laces on the hat, the red or coral colored gemstones, dangling from gold earrings and the hats, as well as the gold oorijizer all speak of the affluence that this village boasted.

Queen Karli is wearing a dark red jacket with a peplum, and complimentary floral pattern of gold, greens, and dark red.  Her apron is gold as well.  The beaded purse, with the striking white beads atop the black velveteen, is a design that has been found in the Friesian area at this time period as well.

The Court is wearing a lovely blue jacket, also with a peplum, and the skirt is a floral of greens, dark pink, and gold, on a cream background, with green aprons.

The hats are also very interesting– on the crown, it is comprised of a black skull cap, followed by a lace overlay, and lastly, a layer of royal blue tulle. However, the most interesting part of the hat, in addition to the ornate gold oorijizer and hat pins, is the ruffle at the back.  While it appears to be rolled on dowels, it is in fact given it’s rolled look by an intricate pleating technique.

The 2017 Tulip Court also presented their traveling road show titled “Battle of the Tulips” 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 from Hoorn.