1935 was the first year the Tulip Time festival was held in Pella. The streets of downtown Pella are lined with tulips during this three day festival during the beginning of may.
During this festivals there are lots of things to see free of any charge. Besides the tulips you can see dutch dancers at the Pella square, watch a parade float portraying dutch customs.
In 1940 they made a wooden version of the current Tulip tower. It was inspired by a biblival description of Solomon's temple.
The orginal tower was removed after three years because of the detorioration.
As a gift to the community of Pella in 1968 the current tower was built and every year during tulip time the colors of the dutch flags are flown from the 65 foot high tower.
Picture taken June 10th, 2004
In the center of the business districtis Central Pank with many tulip beds, the windmill, the Tulip tower, a Civil War stature and a 1900's fountain. There are many benches around the park for sitiing and viewing of the flowers. The windmill is used an Info center during the summer season.
Fondest memory: Many tulips all over town and many parks with tulip beds.
Favorite thing: The Tulip Tower in the center of Pella. It is the main stage for many activities of Tulip time. There are concerts in the summer held there. During Tulip Time streamers with the colors of the Dutch flag are flown.