Dutch Days Festival

Fulton Dutch Days

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!  
 
Don’t hurry off - for the first time this year we will be having an outdoor band following the parade and extended hours for our food, arts & crafts vendors!
 
For the most up-to-date and detailed information visit our Facebook page: Fulton Dutch Days Festival https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fulton-Dutch-Days-Festival/1471057153122198?fref=ts 
 

Dutch Days 2015: May 1 & 2 from  9am – 7pm

For a detailed schedule of events click here

 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
 

Events held at Heritage Canyon

May 1 & 2, 2015 • 10am - 4pm
The Early American Crafters portray pioneer living.
Cost: $2 adults and $1 children
A free shuttle service to Heritage Canyon will be available on Saturday, May 2, from 10am to 4pm.  The shuttle will run continuously from Fulton City Hall (415 11th Avenue) to Heritage Canyon.  The last pick up will be at 4pm from Heritage Canyon.  
 
 
Arts & Craft Show Vendors, Food Vendors, Run/Walk participants, and Parade participants, - please download registration forms below.   
 

 



Details

  • Address: Downtown Fulton
  • City, State Zip: Fulton, IL 61252
  • Phone: (815) 589-4545
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Season Open: First weekend in May