First Full Weekend in May - All Day Events held Friday & Saturday include:
- Arts & Crafts Vendors
- Food & Concession Stands
- Windmill Tours
- Dutch Dancing & Costumes
- Antique Tractor Display, 8th St. & 14th Avenue
- Dutch Treasures Display, Masonic Lodge 1014 4th St.
- Heritage Canyon w/Early American Crafters, 515 N. 4th St.
- Hindeloopen Painting Demo & Sales, Masonic Lodge 1014 4th St.
- Stippling Display, Masonic Lodge 1014 4th St.
- Parade - Saturday, 3pm
The first weekend in May the residents of Fulton gather celebrate their Dutch heritage. The first permanent Dutch settler arrived at what was to become the City of Fulton in 1835. It has never been explained why so many Holland immigrants were attracted to this small Midwestern area; despite that they continued to arrive and by 1891, 198 families called Fulton home. In1974 the Community Christian School Auxiliary organized the first authentic Dutch Dinner.
Since 1974 the festival has grown and evolved. It now encompasses two full days of celebration! For those who would like to learn more about the culture there are films and slides on Holland, Dutch Folk Art, and a style show of traditional Dutch clothes. Some who attend are here for the food! You can attend the traditional Dutch dinner on Friday evening, try a fresh pastry on Saturday morning or enjoy one of the many food vendors that travel from all over the region to participate. You can also spend quality time looking through the more than 100 Arts & Crafts vendors.
You can’t miss the entertainment! Klompen dancers appear in the streets to show you how to folk dance in their traditional wooden shoes. You can even pick up a pair of custom made wooden shoes for yourself! The excitement starts to gather in the afternoon when The Burgomaster, our Mayor for you non-Dutch speakers, and Town Crier inspect the streets to see if they are ready and clean enough. The street sweepers come through and water and brooms fly down the street to prepare for the parade. During the parade you will see authentic Dutch costumers, bands, floats and many other entertaining units!