The photos of downtown Pella will speak for themselves. What a wonderful town and the magic of the Tulip Festival will stick with me forever !

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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The first weekend in May, 2022, Pella, Iowa celebrated its 35th Tulip Time Festival and I knew I had to be there!!
Pella, Iowa was settled by Dutch immigrants from the Netherlands in 1847. They settled in Marion County, Iowa, on the divide between the Des Moines and Skunk Rivers. They called their new home Pella, the name taken from a biblical city of refuge. Over the years Pella has grown into a thriving town and community. Today many of the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren of those original settlers still live in Pella.
Pella’s Tulip Time Festival was truly enchanting!! Their town square is full of Dutch architecture and it is as clean as can be. They didn’t get the nick name of ” scrubby Dutch” for nothing . : ) The people were friendly, there was a lot to see and explore, parades twice a day, plenty of food (my favorite called the Pella cheeseburger, was a thick slice of grilled bologna and a slice of melted Gouda chees on a bun. Delicious!!!!). There was plenty of parking and Johnny on the spots everywhere. All within walking distance of each other. But best of all – the tulips!!! 350,000 tulips!!!! No matter where you walked, there was beautiful tulips! I have never seen a festival so beautiful and organized as Tulip Time. But enough of the reading… here comes the tulips!!!

“Flowers are the sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” author unknown

More Pella Tulip Time blogs to follow !

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