There are more than just tulips to see during the Dutch Heritage Festival – people behind the scenes bring out even more color.
PELLA, Iowa – After COVID-19 forced organizers to cancel the annual tradition last year, Pella’s Tulip Time is back for its 86th annual festival next week.
Tens of thousands of tulips are planted around the city, with some of the best on display along Tulip Avenue in Central Park and Sunken Gardens Park, showing off the community’s beautiful colors.
“Pella comes together to make it happen,” said Jackie Craver, one of the designers and craftsmen.
But there is more than just tulips to see during the Dutch Heritage Festival – people behind the scenes bring out even more colors to display.
Custom Costumes’ three-woman team
The traditional Dutch attire worn by the Queen of Tulips and other royalty during the festival represents how each village in the Netherlands had its own unique style.
“We have a lot of different pieces that go with each costume and each costume is different that way,” said Carol Verhey, who also makes these costumes. “But each part is very important to the overall look of the costume.”
While making these intricate garments takes some time, Craver said it’s well worth it.
“My Dutch heritage makes it very important to me. I like to see that I would like to see it continue that people know about the Dutch heritage and yes, that’s one of the reasons I love making the costumes.” , Craver said.
Tulip Time begins May 6 of this year. Things will be a little different because of the pandemic. Click / tap here for the calendar of events.
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