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    • Tulips
      The Holland, Michigan area boasts 6 million tulips, planted & ready to burst forth in bloom in early spring. Located in City parks, at public attractions, and along City streets. Find all the details about how to enjoy them!
      • Dutch Heritage
        Celebrate the rich Dutch heritage and culture of the founders of Holland, located on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan.
      • Marktplaats *

        Be a part of the tastes, sights, sounds & crafts of 19th Century Holland. Dutch food, dancing, crafts, costumes & shopping all in one place. Stage events like Tulip Master Gardener, Dutch style shows & more throughout the week.
        MktPlHoursTuesday, May 6 – Saturday, May 10

        Admission is free.

        Shows & Demonstrations

        See the complete schedule of times below

        Wooden Shoe Carver
        Klompenmaker is Dutch for “Shoe Maker”. Therefore it is appropriate that Rick Klompmaker keeps alive the traditions of his great-uncle. Rick has been involved with Tulip Time Festival for over 20 years.

        Dutch Spinner
        Heidi Bengelink focuses on the process of producing hand spun and woven fabrics during the provincial period in The Netherlands. She focuses on local dyes, fibers, and folklore specific to The Netherlands (that’s what makes this different than other spinners/weavers) and spins on a vintage wheel from The Netherlands. Heidi offers products such as yarn, felted tulips and wooden shoes, Dutch doll clothing, and felting kits featuring her own original designs.

        Dutch Dancers
        Dutch Dancers are a favorite at Dutch Marktplaats. Several performances and costume shows by Kinder Dutch Dancers and High School Dancers.

        Live Dutch Accordion music on stage. Multiple performances.

        MktPl1Tulip Master Gardener
        With the Master Gardner David VanHeest’s expertise, discover the “ins and outs” of the care and cultivation of Tulips from early stages to blossom.

        Town Crier Dress Competition
        Town Criers from around the world will compete for top honors for their ‘dress’. Enjoy the colorful, historic costumes from around the world as the criers tell us the history and significance of their outfits. The criers bring fun and energy wherever they appear.

        Pigs at the Plaatz
        Holland’s first ever “Pig in the Blanket” competition takes place right here at the Civic Center. Rick DeVries from VanderVeen’s, Glen Vos, Superintendent of Holland Christian Schools, and Tim May from Stehouwers will judge entries to determine who makes the “best pigs”. Brent Allen from WHTC will be our emcee for the event. A huge ‘thank-you’ to seamstress extraordinaire Liz Renes for providing something special for our judges to wear!

        Dutch Dog Visit
        Audiences are delighted when Kayla and her Dutch canine friend Lena share stories of Lena’s Dutch ancestors. The Keeshond breed, native to The Netherlands, served various vital roles in the Dutch culture for many years. True to the breed’s nickname of “The Smiling Dutchman”, Lena will be available for photos so be sure to have your camera ready.


        Dutch Food Vendors

        For those wanting just dessert, Miss Michigan Organization for Resources & Education (M.M.O.R.E.) will be serving Dutch Apple Pie (Appletart), with or without ice cream. Hot fudge sundaes are also available. Beverages served are coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and bottled water.

        Dutch Meals
        “Pig in the Blankets” may be their specialty, but First United Methodist Church, Grace Episcopal Church, and the Seven Christians Mission Group team together to offer a complete and authentic Dutch menu! Soups, sandwiches, main courses, and desserts…each with a Dutch origin that gives our guests a real taste of the Netherlands.

        Royal Dutch Wafels will be serving freshly made Stroopwafels. Stroopwafels originate from Gouda, The Netherlands, in the early 19th century. Stroopwafel is made from two thin layer of baked dough filled with caramel syrup. Along with the original Stroopwafels, Royal Dutch Wafels offers a variety assortments of Stroopwafels dipped in chocolate, Dutch sprinkles and nuts. A perfect treat anywhere anytime!

        Market Vendors

        Vanderveen’s Dutch Store
        Tulip Cutwork
        Crafter’s Co-Op
        Wooden Shoes
        Holland Imports
        Hometown Crafts
        Jim Rea – Ancestorian
        Finely Made Krafts
        Tulip Time
        Beaded Purses
        Dutch Trade
        Fantabulous Fudge Company
        Pam’s Pantry


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        Date(s) - 05/06/2014
        10:00 am - 6:00 pm

        Civic Center