Tulip Time Festival

Tulip Time Festival Information

Tulip Time Festival 2012You know summer is just around the corner when it’s Tulip Festival time in Holland, Michigan. Celebrating the Dutch heritage, the small town of Holland literally explodes with hundreds of thousands of Tulips each year and regularly draws a similar number of visitors.

“Like most celebrations, the Tulip Time Festival started as a relatively small event, which was proposed by Miss Lida Rogers, a high school biology teacher. In 1927, Miss Rogers presented the idea of commemorating Holland’s Dutch heritage, history and culture to the Women’s Literary Club. Her proposal was accepted, and in 1929, the City of Holland planted its first crop of 100,000 tulips. The overwhelming number of visitors to our small town resulted in the community’s decision to repeat the event. As thousands of spectators soared to hundreds of thousands, the celebration lengthened by days, and pageantry, costumes and parades and the popular Dutch Dancers were added to produce a week-long festival that is now over 80 years old. Visitors to the Tulip Time Festival are invited to take some tulips home—in paper form. (It’s a violation of city ordinance to pick live tulips.)

Since 1982, the Tulip Time Festival commemorative poster has been a much sought after reminder of the annual festival. In yearsTulip Time Festival Information past, the Festival Poster Committee has invited fine artists to submit ideas for the poster. For 2012, we are holding an “Art in Bloom Poster Competition.” Artists submitted their work in October 2011, and a jury of art experts will choose the 2012 Tulip Time Festival Poster. Don’t forget to purchase your copy of the 2012 poster, and see the top 19 poster finalists displayed throughout downtown Holland during the Tulip Time Festival.”

The Holland Tulip Time Festival has been recognized as one of the top 20 events in the world by the International Festival and Events Association, as one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association (21 times), it as received the Award of Excellence from Premier Tourism Magazine and has been acknowledged as America’s Best Small Town Festival by Reader’s Digest.

Tulip Time Festival Dates

May 5th to May 12th, 2012

Tulip Time Festival Event Information

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