Clymer’s Grand Tulip Festival Returns

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Courtesy photos. Left: Wooden Shoe Dancers Andrew, Mallorie, Marcus & Haylie Ryan. Right: Some members of the Clymer Area Historical Society. From left: Lois Schutt, Sue Rhebergen, Janet Heslink, Hiram & Jane Beckerink, and Luella Stebbins.
Courtesy photos.
Left: Wooden Shoe Dancers Andrew, Mallorie, Marcus & Haylie Ryan. Right: Some members of the Clymer Area Historical Society. From left: Lois Schutt, Sue Rhebergen, Janet Heslink, Hiram & Jane Beckerink, and Luella Stebbins.

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Tulips in their splendid rainbow of springtime colors will once again highlight Clymer’s Tulip Festival, the 57th celebration since its founding in 1955.

Dutch immigrants, Clymer’s founding fathers, brought their love of tulips, their homeland’s favorite and most famous flower, to the new world with them 185 years ago. The town fondly recalls that heritage every year with thousands of guests at their gala Tulip Festival.

The celebration will begin with a traditional KinderParade at 6:30 Thursday evening, May 15.

Friday evening will see the return of the time-honored Sausage & Sauerkraut Social, the bon fire and flare lighting around Clymer Pond along and the 2014 Tulip Queen Crowning. The window in front of Cindy’s Flowers in downtown Clymer displays the current and past Tulip Queens and the 2014 Tulip Queen candidates.

A full day of events is slated for Saturday, including the always popular wooden shoe races, the Kids Zone with bounce houses, games, a petting zoo, pony rides and more.

Many of the town folk and festival organizers will be dressed in traditional Dutch garb to add a bit of authentic Dutch flavor to the events. At 10:30 on Saturday morning the Groat Klompen Dancers will present a traditional Dutch dance on Main Street followed at 11 o’clock by the Klein Klompen Dancers, school-age children showing off their own traditional Dutch dances.

Then, at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon, the time will come to scrub Clymer’s streets! It’s good, clean fun for all. An old an honored custom says that a parade can only start when the street is truly clean.

After Clymer’s Mayor inspects the freshly scrubbed Main Street for himself and declares it truly spotless and sparkling, the annual Tulip Festival Grand Parade will begin. An ice cream and pie social will follow and, at 7:00 p.m., the Variety Show, filled with wonderful local talent will wrap up the Tulip Festival celebrations for another year.

See the Clymer Tulip Festival Face Book page for a full schedule of times, places and events.