That rich heritage is one reason the Dutch Days Festival has continued to be successful 40 years later, committee officials said. That and the tradition the committee always sticks to, like the Dutch Days dance.
For years the Dutch dance has been the highlight of entertainment for those who participate and those who observe, and Dutch dance coordinator Sheila Huizenga expects this year to be the same, if not better, than those before it.
With 48 dancers of all ages participating in the dance, Huizenga said this will be the biggest Dutch dance in her four years as coordinator.
“For it to keep growing and to build interest in these younger kids is nice to see,” Huizenga said. “Their parents and grandparents participated in the Dutch dance so, I think it says a lot for the residents Fulton to be able to continue the tradition.”
And the tradition is something not envisioned by many community members.
“It’s just become such a celebration of family and community,” Mask said. “It has extended farther than we ever could have dreamed.”