Holland fest returns this weekend

Herald file photos by Kaiti Sullivan
Emersyn Petry, 13, of Huntingburg, competes in the ice cream eating contest during the Holland Community Festival at Holland Park on Sept. 14, 2019. Emersyn competed in the sixth- through eighth-grade category. The Holland fest returns to the town this weekend.


HOLLAND — The Holland Community Festival returns this weekend with a new theme that’s so straightforward it may surprise some.

In past years, the weekend-long fest has had a theme every year, from “Milking It For All It’s Worth” to “Celebrating Our German Heritage and Our Dutch Adventure.” This year, the theme is simply “Holland, Indiana.”

The fest, which takes place Friday evening through Sunday afternoon at the Holland American Legion Park, will honor the theme by showcasing the town’s new logo, which was revealed in late August. It’s a red, orange and blue drawing of a little Dutch boy and girl kissing in front of a windmill.

There will be commemorative posters that visitors can take as a keepsake, said MaLea Wagner, co-chair of the fest. They can also be found at local businesses and throughout the community, she said.

“It’s nice that they’ll be able to take the new logo home with them,” Wagner said. “We’re kind of excited about that.”

As always, the fest will officially kick off with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by Little Miss and Mr. Contests. The beer garden will also open at 6 p.m. and will feature live music from classic rock band Guilty Pleasure.

Cassie Wertman of Holland competes in the keg toss during the Holland Community Fest at Holland Park on Sept. 14, 2019. Wertman threw the keg more than 27 feet and won first place.

Saturday’s festivities will begin with the Tulip Trot 5K at 8 a.m., which will help support Hummingbird Daycare Ministries in Holland. A new event this year is the Craft and Farmers’ Market, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shelter house and feature products such as baked goods, clothing and decorations.

To those who have attended the fest before, the ice cream eating contest is nothing new, but the cash prizes are. Winners of the elementary and middle school events will receive a themed trophy and $50 each. The winner of the open class will receive the Big Six Trophy and $100.

Saturday’s activities will also include plenty of entertainment for kids, from the Southridge FFA Kiddie Tractor pull to inflatables at The Kid Zone. The beer garden will open again in the evening and feature music from the band One Night Stand.

The fest will conclude Sunday morning with a community church service followed by a Festival Meal sponsored by the Holland American Legion.

In past years, the fest has had thousands of visitors, Wagner said. Masks will be encouraged to help curb the spread of COVID-19 but not required, and hand sanitizer will be available at stations around the park.

Holland Fest Schedule


5 p.m. Food booths open

6 p.m. Opening ceremony at Henke Stadium

6 p.m. Beer garden opens

6:30 p.m. Little Miss and Mr. Contests at Henke Stadium

7 p.m. Horseshoe tournament at the horseshoe pits

10 p.m. Food booths close

Midnight Beer garden closes


8 a.m. Tulip Trot 5K and kids run at Henke Stadium

8 - 10 a.m. Farm to Table breakfast at Henke Stadium

10 a.m. Poker run at Fire House

10 a.m. Food booths open

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Craft and Farmers Market at large shelter house

11 a.m. Kiddie tractor pull

Noon Ice cream eating contest at Henke Stadium

1 p.m. Silly Safari

2 p.m. Kids Zone opens

4 p.m. Keg toss at volleyball sand pit

5 p.m. Horseshoe tournament at the horseshoe pits

6 p.m. Beer garden opens

11 p.m. Food booths close

Midnight Beer garden closes


10 a.m. Community church service at Henke Stadium

11 a.m. Holland American Legion dinners at Henke Stadium

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