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Pella Tulip Time!

a spectacular explosion of springtime in the Midwest

 

If you love bright bursts of colorful tulips bordering city streets and spilling over sidewalk flower beds and window boxes; if you love history, fine pastries (Dutch letters — yum!), and big windmills, you'll want to visit Pella, Iowa, during its early May festival known as Tulip Time. If you're not within driving distance of this small city about an hour southeast of Iowa's capital city of Des Moines, just take a virtual trip and look at the Pella Tulip Time! website.

Whether in person or on-line, you can tour Pella's Historical Dutch Village and see the giant Vermeer Mill, brought directly from Holland and installed by Des Moines' own Weitz Company. The mill, with its huge rotating arms, is fully operational and open for real-world tours when you're in town. Online, you can learn about legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, who spent time in Pella. Or click through photos of Tulip Festivals past and present, check out other events in the city, and even order your own tulip bulbs.

When you visit Pella during Tulip Time, you'll see the traditional Dutch street washing that precedes the parade, a Festival queen and her court in traditional costume (a different Dutch region's heritage is celebrated each year), and clog dancers in wooden shoes that click through their paces. You'll follow your nose into the bakeries and meat shops for the flaky almond-flavored Dutch letters or the mouth-watering selection of locally made cheeses and meats. Of course, the website links you to Pella's Chamber of Commerce, where you can probably find the phone number for that bakery or cheese shop and order a delicious treat to be delivered right to your door.

It's always a treat to celebrate spring, no matter where you live. Each May, Pella's Tulip Time gives you a great excuse to get out for a drive or take your computer mouse for a quick trip to this colorful website.

 

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