81st Annual Orange City Tulip Festival Opens Today



Everyone in Orange City is a Dutchman this weekend, as the 81st annual Tulip Festival takes place. The
town of 64-hundred is bedecked in Tulips, as the city goes back in time to the late 18-hundreds today
through Saturday.

That’s Tulip Festival Queen, Naomi Mellema, as she and her court are in great anticipation for the
festival taking place.
Mellema was involved in two different Tulip Festivals – while a young child in Pella, and now in Orange

Displays, tours, and museums open at 9 a.m. each day.
A street festival and street scrubbing occur each day at 1 pm, with the afternoon parades at 2 :15.
There’s also an evening parade at 6:30. The evenings are capped with the performance of Mamma Mia!
At the Orange City Town Hall at 8 p.m.
For a full list of daily activities, go to octulipfestival.com.


Shown in image left to right: Catherine Hummel, Maren Beaty, Queen Naomi Mellema, Kate Van Der Werff, and Chloe Bilby.

The Queen and Court are wearing authentic costumes from the province of Drenthe (DREN-tuh).