In full bloom: Tulip Time gears up for annual festival

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 3:00 PM CDT
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PELLA, Iowa (KYOU) -

Spring is in full bloom in southeast Iowa, with over 350,000 tulips surrounding the downtown area in spring is in full bloom in Southeast Iowa with over 350,000 tulips surrounding the downtown area in Pella. It’s sure a sight to see!

Thanks to the Tulip Queen Alyssa Greetings and her court. The festivities are ready to kick off! After being cancelled last year due to the pandemic Southeast Iowa is ready to return to normal.

“Our community is truly so excited to come back this year. There are already a lot of things that are starting to go up. It’s really a cumulative effort between a lot of different community members, as well as businesses, churches, and organizations to make Tulip Time a success,” Greetings shared.

The tulip time court is part of an over 80-year tradition, a tradition even their family members participated in years ago.

This will be the first event since 2019 that these flowers will draw massive crowds like years past and something that is much-needed for Iowans.

Greetings says it’s a community effort to bring this wonder to life saying: “It’s really something that our community can rally behind and people can help with. We have countless and especially after a year where things have gone a lot differently than I’m sure we all were expecting I think it will be really really good for our community to kind of come back to our center point and celebrate what’s important to us.”

The Tulip Time Festival kicks off on Thursday with events throughout the Pella’s downtown area. The events will consist of parades, Dutch food, grandstand shows, and much more while trying to maintain that social distancing.

You can learn more information about the Pella Tulip Time Festival here.

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