Windmill at Brinkhoff Park
Tulips at Brinkhoff Park
Another tulip bed at Brinkhoff Park
Dutch architecture is evident in many buildings in Pella. Even the Casey's and Kum and Go convenience stores and Walmart are built in Dutch architectural style.
Pella Opera House
Tulip Tower - There is a stage in front of the tower.
The Dutch wore wooden shoes. These are a giant pair in front of the visitors' center.
Notice this pretty lady's costume. It is customary for Tulip Time participants to dress in Dutch costume.
Examples of Dutch hats on store window mannequins
This is the Tulip Queen and her court. Don't they look amazing?!!! One of my high school classmates, Phyllis Zylstra, earns her living making costumes for Tulip Time and has written a book about Dutch costumes. Holland has 11 provinces, and the traditional dress for each province is different. Phyllis and her co-authors' book is called Dutch Costumes: A Look Into the Past. You can take purchase her book at Amazon.com.
Food is a big deal at Tulip Time too. Notice the "S" shaped pastry in the front of the decorated cookies; it is called a Dutch letter. It's a delicious and very popular treat year round. The Dutch letter has a flaky crust and is filled with almond paste.
More Dutch letters in a bakery window
Are you hungry yet?
Tulip Time 2010
For more photos of Tulip Time, including my trip to the Windmill Antique Mall, click here.