PELLA, Iowa- Pella's annual Tulip Time Celebration has begun, complete with tulips in bloom. Iowa's warm spring had many concerned as tulips were in bloom two weeks ahead of time. Now the event has started,and some beds are past peak, but there are quite a number still in full bloom, plenty for those who want to snap lots of pictures.
The events Thursday include a 2:30 parade, followed by the cleaning of the streets. Also the Tulip Time queen will be crowned, and in the evening, a lighted parade through Pella.
The event is also popular with people who live here. Football players from Central College have a stand selling burgers and brats. It is required for everyone on the team to work here. It helps the team to raise money to help support its Division III football program. Also those who live here year around do look forward to eating all the foods which are only available at Tulip Time.
Don DeWaard is a coach on the Central Football Team. "It's great team building, every guy that is on the team is required to work at least 3-4 hours," said DeWaard. It's over the next three days, we have a lot of fun, and its a great fund-raiser." DeWaard said that being a NCAA Division III football program means they need to do all the fundraising they can to support the program.
Brian VandeLune is the public address announcer for Tulip Time.
"Its a great day the weather is cooperating with the tulips, people are out and about, we're just excited," said VanderLune.
When asked for his favorite part of the celebration, "being a local person, it would be the food, and all the different places you can eat things you only get one time of year."
The celebration wraps up Saturday night. If you are planning to attend Tulip Time here is the schedule.