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Pella Iowa Tulip Fest

Travel Thursdays-My visit to Keukenhof reminded me of a town that I visited one May in Iowa. Since 1935, Pella, Iowa, has been celebrating Tulip Days in honor of the towns-people’s European Dutch roots.  The town has dedicated volunteers who have grown this festival into sites that can be visited year round.

windmill with tulips

During this time there are parades.   The parade also involves local people and children and highlights the heritage.  It is a fantastic taste of the Midwest.

wooden shoe parade 2

wooden shoe parade 2

And, of course Tulips! this is an outlying area where there is a sunken garden.

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Other sites to see are the canal, two bronze sculptures that were commissioned for Scholte Gardens and dedicated by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands. Historical homes, a Klokkenspel with its animated Dutch figures.  and, of course the 100′ windmill that you can tour. There is a Dutch craft market with 100 vendors that include food.

Moelngracht Market is next to a man made canal.  The list of vendors for 2015 included many craft vendors and Pella Dutch Bakery. The letters and pastries are really yummy! The year that I went, there were also some cheese vendors with taste offerings and did not see them listed on the vendor site for 2015.

MEGastars I have to give Tulip Time  a 5 ***** of 5. These hardworking folks continue to make this town a welcome visit with historical preservation and a great time.


  1. A great visit, If you are interested in Dutch heritage and tulips, try to visit during May Tulip Time.
  2. I have to toot the horn of my hometown area.  Little Chute, Wisconsin has a very large population of Dutch families, my children included. Mainly from the area of Noord Brabant.  A windmill has recently been built in Noord Brabant, Netherlands and assembled on site in the small downtown area.  The windmill and visitor center is a functioning Dutch windmill with an interpretive center. The authentic wooden windmill is a tribute to the Dutch heritage of the Midwest.  This area has a very large amount of award winning cheese factories. Love cheese? check out this area. June 5-7 there is a Cheese Festival where one can sample award winning cheese of many varieties. The best cheese  and cheese curds can be found in this area. I stand by that fact!

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