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Pella's Tulip Fete Draws 4,000 People
PELLa. U-Wir and I peaceful aspect of a town full of abiding tulips were mingled In Pella's annual celebration of 1U Tulip Time festival Thursday. Wartime restrictions aim forced suspension of the colorful festival. The sponsors put It up to the school children. They virtually demanded that the celebration go on.
4.000 Attend. And despite the fact that the hospitable Dutch people of the community let It be known this year that the festival was chiefly for people of this part of the state, approximately 4.000 persons watched the day-long ceremonies. There were many cars here from other counties.
The war lent some drabneas to the event aa It recalled more lofWfully to some of the older Dutch townspeople their old peaceful borne*, and to all of ihe residents their many Ipved oiu* still In The Netherlands. The nearness pf the Allied Invasion strengthened theae thoughts.
There wore Jw WACa from Fort Des Jttolpea. with a 30-plece Negro WAC'band and a motor convoy demonstrating the W en's army corps work In military transportation fields. There were 35 WAVES from the Ottumwa naval air baae. And there wera 70 war training service (WT81 students from Pella's Central col-lego.
See Scholte Home.
Th* traditional exhibits In the town's museum were not open to the public this Tulip Time, but the homo of Pella's founder, Hen-drick Peter Scholte, was opened for inspection.
The school children backed the pledge to ¦import Tulip Time by furnishing 10 dancers uho somehow managed to maintain their lively folk-danflng too entire length of the profession. Several hundred other school children In Dutvh coatomo participated In the parade.
The day started with Burge-i meeeter T. Q. Fulte's inspection of tho streets around the town square. Aa usual, he found them soiled, and the glrla and womenfolk of tho town were summoned out to scrub them spotless.
They did, w the parade six blocks long might move under bright sun on the glistening ¦treeU.
Then the townspeople and their visitors gathered under the elms of the town square. Thero io brlght-painted, impressive tulip tower this year, but the canopied brick bandstand in tho square park served w*U for the coronation ceremonie*.
Alfeiuted by four brightly-dressed pnos boys. Tulip Queen Martha Van Betkun mounted Me dais proudly and kneU on a eilfc cushion loAUo fee searlet-rorwd buioemeesfer placed the crffvm on her dark hair. The PeHa municipal band oc'ipahtd |(s best In the pack-around.
Gov. Bourke B. HickenJooper. principal speaker for the festival, told the celebrsata the children's section In the parade ws> the mo»t impressive to him, and pointed to the war-bom need of creating a better chance for youth—and an inspiration to them to avoid future w
"We have grown to leadership of tho world because we are leaa selfish than any other country. Wo find In our country a greater desire to preserve the mutual respect between peoples than " any other country* It la our tual vision for the future knitted us together inl i Hon." he said.
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