|Photo courtesy of Tulip Time Festival brochure|
Of course, the festival celebrates more than just the flowers themselves. The Klompen Dancers are one of the main attractions, as over a thousand Dutch Dancers perform throughout the week. Wearing the classic wooden shoes and attire patterned after the traditional attire of Dutch provinces, the dancers have been an intregal part of the festival for over fifty years.
Throughout the week-long festival, there are wooden shoe carving demonstrations, traditional Dutch foods to sample, tulip planting & care tips, Dutch style decor, hats and of course, wooden shoes to take home.
If you would like to see the tulips this April or enjoy the festivities at Tulip Time, keep in mind that South Haven is only a thirty-five minute drive from Holland. This year's festival begins on Saturday, May 5th through Saturday, May 12th. If you need accommodations for a group of gals or a family, consider a cottage rental from the Victoria Resort. The rooms in the bed and breakfast are ideal for couples, with cozy fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Reservations can be made through the website http://www.victoriaresort.com/ or by calling 1-800-473-7376.