Day Trip to Fulton’s Dutch Days Festival

Fulton's signature attraction-authentic working windmill

Fulton's signature attraction-authentic working windmill

On the first weekend in May the city of Fulton Illinois stages its annual Dutch Days Festival in honor of the city’s Dutch Heritage.  This year, 2009, was the 35th anniversary of the festival.  Since Fulton is my hometown and my ancestors are from the Netherlands I enjoy attending the festival whenever my schedule permits.

My wife and I were pleased to be able to drive up Route 84 along the Mississippi River to Fulton this year on a sunny  Saturday in May.  The drive is only one hour from the Quad Cities.  We arrived in time to enjoy the Dutch Street Dancing, the craft fair, the street scrubbing and the parade.

Here are some photos from the event:

Authentic Dutch Street Dancing

Authentic Dutch Street Dancing

Large crowds browse crafts from all over the Midwest

Large crowds browse crafts from all over the Midwest

Parade can't take place until streets have been properly scrubbed.

Parade can't take place until streets have been properly scrubbed.

Restored dairy truck featured in parade

Restored dairy truck featured in parade

Complete information about the city of Fulton, its attractions and lodging can be found at the city’s website.
Fulton's newest attraction, the Windmill Cultural Center is nearing completion.

Fulton's newest attraction, the Windmill Cultural Center is nearing completion.

Restored 1950 Sheriff's Squad Car was a big hit.

Restored 1950 Sheriff's Squad Car was a big hit.

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