Orange City, Iowa — The Orange City Tulip Festival Steering Committee has revealed the theme for the 2017 celebration as “A Tribute to Tulips.” The event, set for May 18-20, will be Orange City’s 77th annual Tulip Festival.
In determining a theme for the upcoming festival, Jeff and Renee Guthmiller, co-chairpersons of the 2017 Steering Committee, say they wanted to emphasize the significance and long-standing history of tulips to the annual event. Jeff Guthmiller says that when thinking of Tulip Festival, it’s hard not have tulips at the forefront of your mind. He says that no matter how many tulips are in bloom during the festival, they are a significant part of the celebration. Thus, the theme for the 2017 festival is ‘A Tribute to Tulips.
The history of tulips and the annual celebration dates back to May 1933, when Orange City’s Lawn and Garden Club, Women’s Club and Lions Club co-sponsored a tulip show and contest. Orange City’s first official Tulip Festival, which included 40,000 to 50,000 tulips in addition to new events, was held in May 1936.
Today, an estimated 50,000 tulip bulbs in more than 50 varieties are planted in Orange City each year.
Plans are well under way for next year’s Tulip Festival, and the Steering Committee encourages community members of all ages to consider joining the event in one of many volunteer opportunities.
After an election last week, the 2017 Tulip Court was also chosen. A Queen’s Tea and Pageant will be held on November 14 to crown the 2017 Tulip Queen.
Tulip Festival news, event information, volunteer opportunities and more can be found on the festival’s website at www.octulipfestival.com.
Orange City’s 2017 Tulip Court (L-R): Karli Lang, Noelle Sampson, Emma De Jong, Sydnee Olson and Olivia Duesenberg