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91st annual Tulip Time Festival canceled

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Posted at 3:37 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 19:19:16-04

HOLLAND, Mich. — Holland’s 91st Tulip Time Festival has been canceled after guidance from health officials.

Tulip Time planners have been monitoring the developments with the coronavirus outbreak and ultimately came to the decision to cancel the event.

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share this news. Our team has spent the last 11 months planning our 91st celebration and we are heartbroken not to see our work come into fruition,” said Gwen Auwerda, Executive Director of the Tulip Time Festival.

Tulip Time annually draws hundreds of thousands of people to the Holland area and has a multimillion-dollar economic impact. However, organizers say most of its volunteer base and about 45% of the people who attend are part of the most vulnerable to the infection.