This year was my first real chance to experience Tulip Time. As a Hope student, we always seemed to leave before “the big event,” and last year we were too busy planning a wedding to stop and smell the tulips! But this year I was determined to enjoy the week to the fullest.
And boy, did I come to understand what the locals mean when they say the week is crazy! My husband and I were glad we lived within walking distance of everything, since we wouldn’t have been able to park any closer anyway.
I got the chance to volunteer as a photographer at Tulip Time’s Kinderplaats, which is a fun and games time for the littles at Kollen Park. The wind off Lake Macatawa brought shivers, but the smiles on kids faces shone brighter than the sun! It was a blast watching the kids get stickers on their “passports” as they raced from one Netherlands province to another and rode fun rides at the carnival.
Here are a few of the pictures from the day (posted with parental permission, of course!)
Exploring a fire truck is FUN! And so is a rescue boat 🙂
Gotta love those bright Tulip Time tulips –
they were almost as fun to photograph as the people!
Did I mention it was a bit cold?
The petting zoo was a big hit for the people AND animals 🙂
Score one for creative parents in the cold!
I’ve never ridden on a camel before, but it looked like fun!
It was great watching from the sidelines, too 🙂
This warrior found his own way to stay warm – and made it all the way to the top!
And then there were all the fun Tulip Time carnival rides…
This guy was having a blast!
And so were these girls… 😉
…while these littles saw how they measured up against the height restrictions!
This one didn’t quite make it…
But this one did!
What a great end to this fun day!
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