The Tulip Festival in Orange City, Iowa takes place the third weekend in May. Mom and I have been going every year since 2015, and it's one of our favourite traditions.
|Tulip Festival 2016|
|Tulip Festival 2015|
To me, the Tulip Festival marks the official kick-off to summer. It's either raining or blazing hot, like all Midwestern summers. The food stands and carnival rides are out in full force, as are the people. The Tulip Festival is a Thursday-Friday-Saturday event, and Mom and I always go on Friday. We do this because Friday was the day the Ellsworth marching band performed in the parade, and we loved to see James in action. Plus, the crowds were thinner on Friday because it was still a workday, and we didn't have to stand in line as long for our poffertjes.
|Tulip Festival 2018|
|Tulip Festival 2019|
|Mom bought me this jacket at Next Door Boutique last year, and I wear it CONSTANTLY.|
Seas of color. Tulips are one of my favourite flowers, and I love to see them in all their glory in Orange City. The varieties are seemingly endless. I couldn't even tell you how many hundreds of tulip pictures I've taken in Orange City over the years. They always lift my spirits and remind me that spring is HERE. We made it through winter alive, and the next few months are going to be glorious.
Are you wondering why I'm talking about the Tulip Festival in the past tense?
Because it's canceled for 2020.
When COVID really kicked off around here in early March, I wondered for a second if it would effect my beloved Tulip Festival. I didn't think too long about it because it was still two-and-a-half months off. COVID would surely be resolved by then.
Obviously, it's not, and the Tulip Festival was canceled for the safety of all those involved.
To be honest, I'm a little bit devastated. I look forward to the Tulip Festival every year, but I was especially excited this year. After having a baby in early March, the Tulip Festival would be a marker of normalcy for me. Yes, I'm a mom now, but I can still do the things I love with the people I love, right?
Of course, I know it's for the best. I don't want to put anyone in danger, and I respect the decision. But I can still be disappointed.
Mom and I haven't missed a Tulip Festival since we first started going in 2015. We decided we're not going to count 2020 as missing a year - if there's no Tulip Festival happening, then there's no Tulip Festival to miss. So our tradition remains unbroken.
In the meantime, the tulips are still blooming. Festival or not, they're just as beautiful.