Written by Ozaukee Press
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 18:58
Ethnic food, colorful parade to be highlights of festive summer weekend
Wooden shoes, an award-winning country band and the University of Wisconsin Marching Band will be among the highlights of the 68th annual Holland Festival on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, in Cedar Grove.
The festival officially opens at 3 p.m. Friday when street scrubbers wash Van Altena Avenue for the Klompen Dancers and the street is inspected by the burgemeister. Wooden shoe races and a raffle will follow.
Plenty of olliebollens (a doughnut-like pastry) and worstebroodjes (sausage wrapped in dough) will be available, along with other ethnic foods.
Port Washington singer and songwriter Will Pfrang will perform from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, and the 2014 Wisconsin Area Music Industry People’s Choice “Band of the Year” Georgia Overdrive Band will play from 7 to 9 p.m.
The band plays a blend of country rock and Top 40 country music.
Bench seating will be provided at the concert, but festivalgoers can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.
The highlight of the festival will be at 1 p.m. Saturday when hundreds of residents scrub Main Street in preparation for the Klompen Dancers, who range in age from kindergartners to adults, and the festival parade.
The parade will be highlighted by Jubal, a drum and bugle corps from Holland.
The group is currently touring the country, but the parade will be its only stop in Wisconsin.
After the parade, the UW Marching Band will perform in Memorial Park.
The Sheboygan Accordion Club will play polka music from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, while Cavern Beat, a Beatles tribute band, will take the stage from 7 to 9 p.m.
Adding to the festive atmosphere, the second annual variety show to support the Cedar Grove-Belgium auditorium renovation fund will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the middle school auditorium.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children at the door.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, a community worship service will be held in Memorial Park.
A complete schedule of events can be found at www.hollandfest.com.