2018 Clymer Tulip Festival

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Hannah King

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Abigail Neslink
Tori Beckwith
Erica Gustafson
Izzy Brumagin
Rose Neckers
Lauren Michael
Hannah King

Every other year, the residents of Clymer, NY band together in celebration of the two-day Clymer Tulip Festival. Currently the whole town is involved making sure this year’s event is as full of splendor as the residents themselves. The Clymer Tulip Festival celebrates the towns rich Dutch heritage and Holland’s centuries long enduring passion of the Tulip flower.

Starting Friday night, May 18th, the festival excitement begins! All are welcome to attend the fish fry dinner sponsored by the Clymer Central School class of 2021 which will be located at Poochie Mama’s on Main Street. Fish fry dinners will be available for dine-in or takeout from 4:00pm-8:00pm, for $10. At 7:30pm the Clymer Central School Performance Center will hold the Tulip Queen Crowning, where candidates vie for the title of Tulip Queen. The Sausage and Sauerkraut Social follows immediately after the Tulip Queen Crowning, and includes a bonfire, and the flare lighting around the Clymer Pond.

Saturday, May 19th, has festival events from nearly dawn to dusk; starting at 8:00am and continuing until the last event which begins at 7:00pm. The festival has something for every age group. There is a Kids Zone located at the elementary school gym (it’s new location) and for $5 children have all day admission. The Kids Zone will include bounce house, children’s activities, and child identification finger printing. The Clymer Central School lawn will host the 4H petting zoo. Children can also have pony and horse rides on the school lawn, for a cost of $2 per ride.

Adults will have no shortage of events for themselves. Saturdays festivities include the wooden shoe 5K run/5K walk, Clymer French creek library book sale, Street Machines Unlimited Car Show, musical show tent featuring the Clymer Jazz Ensemble, lawn and garden tractor pull, and the Groat Klompen Dancers to name just a few featured events. The festival will also feature a wide array of food options. The festival will have everything from kettle corn, hot dogs, sausage to a chicken bbq sponsored by the class of 2025.

According to the Town of Clymer website at 9:00am there will be a Civil War Living History where “Civil War Living Historians from a variety of organizations including the Civil War Heritage Foundation, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Company B of the 72nd NY will be represented with a small encampment and displays representing their organizations.” At 10:00am the highly anticipated Vendor Fair will begin, at it’s new location this year, the craft show will be held at the Willow Creek Pavilion (located behind the Dutch Village Restaurant), featuring many handmade crafts and jewelry. The Vendor Fair will also exhibit Pampered Chef, Paparazzi, Gourmet Creations, LulaRoe, Thirty One, Norwex, Tupperware, and Amish Baked Goods. Be sure to stop in!

Laurie Barringer, Publicity/Advertising for the festival, said the “Grand Parade is the most highly attended event and occurs after the street scrubbing.” Clymer will hold street scrubbing on Saturday at 2:30pm, to have community members dressed in traditional Dutch costume, come together to give the streets a final polish before the Grand Parade begins down Main Street. The Grand Parade also celebrates the community of Clymer’s Dutch heritage.

There are many events happening during the two-day Clymer Tulip Festival for a full list of these events please visit https://www.clymer.org/schedule-of-events or search for Clymer Tulip Festival on Facebook. General questions can be directed to Shelly Schenck 716-450-2276.