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Tulip Festival In Holland Begins

Parade action from the Tulip Time Festival
Parade action from the Tulip Time Festival

HOLLAND, MI  (WKZO) --  The Tulip Time Festival has taken its share of knocks lately, but when it begins Saturday, they will be offering something that they didn’t have last year, Tulips.   While some have disparaged the eight-decade-old celebration of the Tulip, saying that the traditional and historic Dutch activities are archaic in today’s world, such sentiments are not shared by the International Festivals and Events Association, which puts Tulip Time among the top 20 such attractions worldwide.

It’s a high accolade, according to Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra, and should be particularly gratifying for the organizers and all the thousands of volunteers who put together the festival.

Unlike last year, when an early bloom followed by a late frost made this a “stem fest,” local horticultural experts are predicting on-time color and variety of tulips for the 2013 Tulip Time Festival