The 66th Tulip Festival begins today (Thursday) in Orange City, celebrating the area’s Dutch Heritage. An artist from Plymouth, Minnesota with Dutch roots has designed and created a ceramic tile for the celebration.

Sharyl Vanderpol says the artwork features an Old World trolley. Vanderpol says she created a couple sketches from photographs, hoping to bring out the authentic heritage of the trolley car, the beauty of the horses, and “the whole feeling of the aura of the festival through the artwork.” It’ll be a collector’s item — there are 200 of the commemorative tiles, each signed by the artist and numbered.

The tulip festival runs today through Saturday includes parades, traditional Dutch costumes, and food.

Related web sites:
Orange City Tulip Festival 2006