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Tulip Time features old traditions and new activities

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The traditional parades, arts and crafts fair, Dutch dancing and fireworks are all part of the Tulip Time 2013 lineup.

New this year is a family show for kids 8-under at the Park Theater this sunday.

Organizers say the tulips are in full bloom and many have been hard at work to make sure this continues to be an enjoyable festival.

"We have over 800 volunteers that put time in all year around and during the weeks of the festival. We could not put together this festival for 500,000 visitors and a $10M economic impact to the community without their help," says Gwen Auwerda.

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First time runners take part in Tulip Time Run

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- The start of the annual Tulip Time includes various runs and many have spent several weeks in training, including Avi Solis.

Solis signed up at MVP Holland back in August to get healthy for his kids and has lost about 70 pounds. Since then he decided to join the athletic facilities' running club. Many members like Solis are running in the tulip time run this morning.

"I'm going to run the 5K so I'm going to try to do it within 20 minutes. Last time she timed me she said I was at 24 (minutes) so I'm going to try to break that."

Adrienne Chandler, MVP Trainer says, "The whole group setting holds you accountable. Every Saturday you think I'm going to be there. That group is going to notice you when you're gone."

The Tulip Time runs included a 5K, 10K, and a 1K kids fun run at Kollen Park.

Degraaf Nature Center offers summer nature classes for children

Degraaf Nature Center offers summer nature classes for children

 

HOLLAND, Mich.-- This summer, Degraaf Nature Center invites community children to take part in their summer nature classes! 

Classes include Preschool Nature Study, Curious Kids, Wilderness Survival, and Kayaking. This year, there will also be some new, one-day classes. Classes are listed in the Holland Recreation Spring Bulletin; children must be three years or older.

Degraaf Nature Center is located at 600 Graafschap Road. For more information or to register for classes, visit www.cityofholland.com/degraafnaturecenter/summer-nature-classes or call (616) 355-1057.

Outdoor Market opening Saturday features nearly 70 businesses (list included)

Outdoor Market opening Saturday features nearly 70 businesses (list included)

 

Grand Rapids’ long-awaited Downtown Outdoor Market opens Saturday, May 4, with the help of many businesses from West Michigan.

The 25,000 square foot site is the first LEED-certified market in the country.  When the market’s indoor space opens this summer, it will include a restaurant, brewery, farmer’s market, retail shops, commercial kitchen, rooftop greenhouse, and the country’s first hands-on kitchen for children.

The outdoor market will be open Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  It is located at 435 Ionia SW.

According to the Downtown Market’s Web page, this year’s vendors include:

 

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Bethany baking giant cinnamon roll

(WZZM) - Bethany Christian Services is going big for kids. The agency is raising money by trying to bake the world's biggest cinnamon roll.

Friday morning bakers are going to work creating a 400 pound, six foot cinnamon roll. The baking will take place at Russ' Commissary in Holland. Second Floor Bakery is actually doing the baking. The owner got involved in the project because she is a foster mother herself.

Elzinga and Volker construction company is involved by building special equipment to make the world record attempt. The company made a special pan to hold the dough, a giant proof oven where the dough can rise, and altered the racks on Russ' oven to accomodate the one large cinnamon roll.

The event is a fundraiser for Bethany Children's Services Holland office and the post-adoption services program. Post adoption services can include support groups, counselling, and much more.

Tulips cooperating this year with Holland festival

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holland's biggest festival of the year is just days away and this year the flowers are cooperating. Organizers and tulip farmers say the tulips are right on schedule for the festival, unlike last year when many bloomed early.

After last year's warm weather, humorous T-shirts were created that read 'Stemfest.' However, this year tulip farmers are pushing for a new slogan.

"We actually have 'bud fest' going on," says Jim Veldheer, president of Veldheer Tulip Gardens. "The selection is the best it's ever been."

The explosion of tulip colors comes just as the Tulip Time festival is set to begin.

"That's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, I've never seen anything like it," says one lady pointing to a garden of tulips.

Veldheer credits the cold and wet weather.

"While you and I were shivering and people were complaining about the cold, the tulip was going 'yes this is what I want!'" says Veldheer.

Tulip Time gets extra security after Boston attacks

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holland's Tulip Time Festival will have additional security because of the attacks at the Boston Marathon.

Holland Police say there will be more security personnel at the event as well as officers from other agencies. Authorities will be closely monitoring unattended items during the parades, fireworks show, and other large gatherings.

This year, police are also limiting the items people can leave overnight when they reserve a spot along the parade route.

"We're not going to allow anyone to leave any containers or any bags, it'll basically be lawn chairs and blankets the night prior, if they want to reserve their spot along the parade route," says Captain Jack Dykstra with the Holland Police Department.