Historical Book for 75th Annual Orange City Tulip Festival

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The Tulip Festival Steering Committee is pleased to introduce a commemorative book for the upcoming 75th annual Tulip Festival, slated for May 14-16.

The book, entitled “Celebrating Our Dutch Heritage: The Story of the Orange City Tulip Festival,” was written by Bill Kalsbeek, an Orange City native and current part-time resident of the community. The book documents the festival’s history and contains hundreds of images that span the decades of the event.

“We are very grateful for Bill and his willingness to research the history and tell the story of the festival since its founding in the 1930s,” says Arlyn Schaap, co-chairman of the Steering Committee. “We are excited to share the book with community members and visitors alike.”

Kalsbeek will hold book signings during Tulip Festival, and attendees will have the opportunity to have their books signed and stamped with the 75th annual Tulip Festival seal. The book signings will take place at Stadscentrum from 9 to 10 a.m. each day of the festival.

“We extend many thanks to the individuals who assisted in the completion of this book through their collections, focus groups, interviews, and editing,” says Schaap. “The book is a wonderful representation of the dedication our community holds for the festival, both now and in years past.”

The book is available now through April 15 for a presale price of $30 per copy at the Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office. The book is currently in production, and copies will arrive this spring. Questions can be directed to the festival office at 712-707-4510.

Payment is required when books are reserved. Checks can be made out to the Orange City Tulip Festival and sent with the order form to the festival office:

Orange City Tulip Festival

509 8th Street SE

Orange City, Iowa 51041