79th annual Tulip Festival brings thousands to Orange City, IA

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ORANGE CITY, S.D. (KSFY) - The Tulip Festival began in 1936 as a small celebration of Orange City's Dutch heritage and has grown into a large annual celebration bringing in 100,000 people to the city every third weekend in May.

The festival has Dutch history scattered throughout with music and dancing by children and adults in Dutch costumes. There are two daily parades, nightly musical theater; this year it is Beauty and the Beast, Dutch delicacies, 30,000 tulips throughout the city, and replica windmills to see. The event is Thursday through Saturday. You can also check out shoe carving demonstrations in the Stadscentrum translated to City Center along 2nd Street, trolley tours, and entertainment shows.

The event started as a tulip show or flower contest and then grew into the event it is now. There is a queen and her court made up of five high school seniors from Orange City, IA that are picked by the public each September, then a pageant is held each November to crown the queen.

For a full list of events, you can check out their website: here.