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Tulip Time Nears, but It's Not Only Lakeshore Attraction This Weekend

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"Beautiful Dream" - the 2012 Tulip Time Festival official poster by Brittany Strabbing (image courtesy Tulip Time Festival)
"Beautiful Dream" - the 2012 Tulip Time Festival official poster by Brittany Strabbing (image courtesy Tulip Time Festival)

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - As Holland’s annual signature event nears and overshadows all on this first weekend in May, it’s not the only attraction along the Lakeshore..

There will be several sessions of Dutch dancing slated in and around the gazebo at Centennial Parktoday in advance of tomorrow’s opening of the eight-day Tulip Time Festival. It’s the first such festival in full charge for Executive Director Gwen Awerda, who came on board 13 months ago and was more of an advisor last year. What she saw was a need for the festival to cater more for young families and young adults, and the “Join the Dance” slogan this year reflects the festival’s new vision and mission statement in getting more community involvement in the event. 

Awerda and other organizers haven’t publically fretted over mild weather that caused over 50 percent of the planted tulips in and around Holland to have already fully bloomed prior to tomorrow’s opening day. The campaign to see the flowers early and come back for the festival may have opened up new opportunities for the festival, which runs through next Saturday.

Meanwhile, the 47th Fiesta is centered in and around the Holland Civic Center, with nine hours of entertainment and food starting at 12 Noon today, followed by 12 more hours of fun at 10 AM tomorrow. Bert Jara of the organizing group Latin Americans United for Progress says that this is more than just a Hispanic celebration, with plenty to do and see over the next 36 hours.

In addition, the 27th annual Dandelion Festival is in Borculo, with a chicken barbeque this evening, followed by a pancake breakfast, family activities and a parade tomorrow. In South Haven, the 31st Classic Boat Show is at the Michigan Maritime Museum from 10 AM to 4 PM tomorrow.

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