Orange City, Iowa — Orange City has a new Tulip Queen.
Amanda Hulstein was crowned the 2023 Tulip Festival Queen on Monday, November 21. Hulstein will reign over the 82nd annual Tulip Festival, set for May 18, 19, and 20, 2023.
A senior at MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City, Hulstein is the daughter of Brent and Mary Hulstein.
Hulstein is joined on the 2023 Tulip Court by court members Katelyn Huizenga, daughter of Aaron and Kim Huizenga; Elizabeth King, daughter of Don & Miranda King; Nevaeh Sampson, daughter of Brent and Teresa Sampson; and Kinzie Van Kekerix, daughter of Leroy and Jasey Van Kekerix.
A Queen’s Tea with the court members and three pageant judges was held on Monday, November 21. A special crowning ceremony took place on that evening where the Tulip Court participated in introductions, question segments, and presentations, in order to select the 2023 Tulip Festival Queen. A livestream was made available on the Tulip Festival website for the crowning event.
Hulstein 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.