It’s tulip time in Orange City, too

Tiptoe through the tulips virtually with the interactive Tulip Tracker, courtesy of the Orange City Tulip Festival.

Don’t worry if you didn’t get your almond-paste fix in Pella last weekend. The Orange City Tulip Festival is coming up May 18-20. For more than 80 years now, the proudly Dutch town in northwest Iowa has celebrated spring with thousands of tulips, as well as daily parades, nightly musical theater, a carnival midway, a dozen replica windmills and, of course, plenty of delicious Dutch delicacies like Dutch letters, poffertjes and stroopwafels.

In recent years, the Old World traditions have been chronicled with decidedly new technology, an interactive Tulip Tracker that lets you see how all those lovely tulips are coming along. And as the Dutch always say, “April flowers and YouTube bring May flowers.”

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