Visiting the Chamber of Commerce Office are--Front: Anna and Rina van der Marel; standing: Carole Van Riessen , Kathy McKinstrey, Alvin Van Marel, Joop van der Marel, Clarella Van Marel, Dee Clarence Gorter, Willem van der Marel and Carl Van Marel
|Visiting the Century Home Museum|
|Bedroom in the Century Home|
The Queens and their courts from the Tulip Festival in Orange City are shown in the front and from the Tulip Festival in Pella, Iowa, are shown in the back.
|Dutch girls (dolls) having a tea party|
One of the quilts at the Quilt Show, where they had a large display of quilts made by various groups and individuals.
A very large percentage of the approximately 6,000 people living in Orange City celebrate and welcome from 75,000 to 100,000 visitors every year!
Activities started by dancing in the streets by various groups. Family member, Bill Van Marel, is dancing in the red vest.
|Junior and Senior high school students do other dances.|
|The younger students also get in the act.|
Following the inspection by the Burgermeister, the streets were not clean enough for their visitors so the men and boys water down the streets for the women to do the scrubbing!
|The women do the scrubbing so the streets will be "Dutch Clean!"|
Representatives from the Armed Services led the parade with a miniature reproduction of the Memorial, which was built to honor all person who served their country.
|This is the promotional float for the Festival, which can be seen in several parades in the area.|
|A tulip float with Bill Van Marel in the center tulip.|
De Kerk (The Church) has always been the focal point of fellowship and activities in Orange City. There are 14 churches in Orange City. They have more churches than eating places!
One of their larger floats. All floats are built by people in this community. This float was designed by Bill Van Marel and he also was coordinator relating to the construction of this float.
|Several windmills along with a drawbridge can be seen in Windmill Park.|
|Ann and Rina van der Marel take advantage of riding around this beautiful, clean city.|
|The street organ is a popular stopping point when it is being played.|
|One of the beautiful tulip beds scattered around the city|
|Mulder Park had a wide variety of tulips and other Dutch flowers with labels.|
|Shanna & Brian Franklin participated in one of the activities at "Art Burst" on the courthouse lawn.|
|The Dutch Dozen entertained us with several dances, skits, etc.|
|This old organ was displayed at a local museum|
Memorial Park has a display and listing of local people who have served their country in all branches of the Armed Services. They are listed by wars. You will note that one of our original family members, Arie Van Marel, served during the Civil War.
Diamond Vogel Paint Company was established, is headquartered, and continues to serve as a major family operation in Orange City since 1926.
A stop at the Dykstra Dairy farm near Maurice, where they have a herd of about 6,000 dairy cows who are milked 3 times a day, every day of the year. The milking of these cows is in progress at the time of this photo.
The Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream plant in Le Mars was a special treat in that we could enjoy some of their goodies!
|Special music was provided by Samantha Long.|
|The May 18th birthdays of Willem van der Marel and Clarence Gorder were celebrated!|
Norm Te Slaa asked for volunteer singers from those attending the banquet and ended with a large number of musically talented family members, who sang a couple of special and appropriate songs for the rest of us and themselves!