History of Dutch Days
The first weekend in May the residents of Fulton 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. The Dutch came in small numbers at first. In 1872 there were only 59 families. This grew to 198 families in only 19 years. Nearly all of these immigrants were members of the Dutch Reformed Church. The editorial comment at the time was that they made industrious, law-abiding citizens. An unknown local reporter wrote: "Their great fortune then was that they were all about evenly poor." The number of immigrants decreased gradually until after World War II when a small number of families came over.
In1974 the Community Christian School Auxiliary organized the first authentic Dutch Dinner. From this, the entire festival has developed.
Dutch Days 2014: May 2 & 3
2014 Schedule: (Available March 2014)
All Day Events held Friday & Saturday include:
Arts & Crafts Vendors
Food & Concession Stands
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 2 & 3, 2014 • 10am - 4pm
The Early American Crafters portray pioneer living.
Cost: $2 adults and $1 children
Attention Arts & Craft Vendors: Dutch Days - Arts and Crafts Application 2014.pdf
Food Vendors: please contact Mike Kramer at 309-887-4102
5K Run/Walk: Steve Klooster Memorial 5K Run/Walk - Saturday, May 3, 8:00 a.m. at former Fulton Fire Station. Registration information available March 2014.
Parade Registration - the parade is held Saturday, May 3 @ 3pm. Registration information available March 2014.