Councilman will open Holland celebration

HOLLAND — Holland’s 160th anniversary celebration will kick off with the opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Henke Pavilion at Holland American Legion Park. Dubois County Councilman Jerry Hunefeld will open the fest with comments on the town’s earliest history. The opening begins Holland’s weekend celebration highlighting its 160th year.

The opening ceremony also will include the traditional carton of milk, toast, special recognitions and unveiling of the 2019 edition of the Holland Fest commemorative ornament. Following the unveiling of the ornament, bids will be taken for ornament No. 1 of the numbered 100 commemoratives. Each year the ornament recognizes a feature of the town of Holland.

Holland’s 160th anniversary celebrates the town’s platting by Henry Kunz. Kunz platted his town in the center of a growing German community and named it Holland honoring the nation where many of the early German settlers raised money to pay for their journey to the United States.

The festival will run from Sept 13 to 15 with several special events, including town royalty crowning, a 5K and kids’ fun run, parade, free live entertainment, fireworks display, wood carving shows, unique food stands, horseshoe/cornhole and basketball tournaments and community church service.

An entire fest lineup, entry forms and more can be found at

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