Flashback Friday: Orange City Tulip Festival in 1983

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It’s going to be a big weekend for one northwestern Iowa town. The Tulip Festival is happening in Orange City.

This year marks the 79th year of the festival. And it’s been a staple of Spring ever since it started.

In this week’s Flashback Friday take a look at the Tulip Festival in 1983.

For the Dutch, the tulip was a celebration of Spring.
For their descendants in Orange City Iowa, tulips and a 3 day tulip festival are a welcoming of Spring and a celebration of their heritage.
They deck the town out in tulips of every kind and color, and don the costumes of the different provinces of their homeland.
They dance to the songs of their ancestors in the wooden shoes that have come to symbolize the hard working people of Holland.
The Tulip Queen is crowned then the town prepares the streets for her parade.
That means a good scrubbing.
 One woman has scrubbed the streets for almost every festival.
She says the tradition is typical of the Dutch people.
“Well I think they always keep their homes and sidewalks clean. It’s just kind of nice I guess.
It’s one of the virtues of Dutch.”
Then she says everyone in town is involved in the festival in some way, and thousands come to share.
That too is a source of pride for the folks here.
“A community deal that we want to share with others and we want to invite all the people here for our festival, to show them we are friendly and kind.”
Monica Dailey, KELOLAND News, at tulip festival in Orange City, Iowa.

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