Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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Heritage celebration

(ORANGE CITY)--The 71st annual Orange City Tulip Festival will reflect a "Heritage of Style."

What began as a garden show now features bands, floats, tulip gardens, the night show musical production, "Godspell," and intricate Dutch costumes worn by Orange City residents and a dozen replica windmills.

In the Great Depression, the Dutch culture's wooden shoes became too expensive to buy. Parents used cardboard cut-outs in the shape of wooden shoes and fastened them to children's feet with rubber bands.

Costumes for the festival are passed down from generation to generation and also reflect the "Heritage of Style" theme chosen for this year's event.

The three-day celebration of Orange City's Dutch heritage is May 19-21st. (Past celebration photos  courtesy Orange City Tulip Festival)


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