Orange City, Iowa — The new Tulip Queen has been crowned in Orange City.
Juliana Tien was crowned the 2018 Tulip Festival Queen on Monday (November 13th) at a pageant at the Unity Knight Center in Orange City. Tien will reign over the 78th annual Tulip Festival, set for May 17, 18 and 19, 2018.
A senior at Unity Christian High School in Orange City, Tien is the daughter of Gale and Cathie Tien.
Other members of the 2018 Tulip Court include Alexa Arends, daughter of Troy and Darla Arends; Josie Maasdam, daughter of Kirk and Becky Maasdam; Haley Smit, daughter of Jason and Kara Smit; and Corinne Wiese, daughter of Robert and Tricia Wiese.
Interviews with the judges were Monday afternoon.
At the pageant, each of the candidates answered questions on various topics and gave an individual presentation. Tien was crowned queen as a conclusion to the evening.
Juliana and her court will serve as ambassadors for the Orange City Tulip Festival as they travel in the spring, making several media and public appearances.
Also announced at the pageant was additional information about the 2018 Tulip Festival Night Show, Beauty and the Beast. In addition to the May 16-19 line up of shows, there will be an additional show on Tuesday, May 15. The show will begin at a special time, 6:30 p.m. Organizers say that this will create a family-friendly time frame for all to enjoy. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and can get their picture taken with the cast after the show. Tickets will go on sale January 29 and available at the Orange City chamber office for the purchase price of $20 each.
Tryouts for the show will be at the Unity Christian Knight Center on January 9, from 7-9 p.m., January 11, from 7-9 p.m. and January 13, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.