Wooden shoes, an Ozark Mountain band and the University of Wisconsin Marching Band will be among the highlights of the 67th annual Holland Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 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 will follow.
After the dancers perform in wooden shoes, the festival will move to Memorial Park, where Sieg the Klompenhouwer will carve shoes. There will be a book sale, wagon rides, a face painter, games and music.
A raffle with hourly prizes will be held throughout the festival.
Plenty of olliebollens (a doughnut-like pastry) and worstebroodjes (sausage wrapped in dough) will be available, along with other ethnic foods.
Carolyn Carter & The Cobb Brothers, an Ozark Mountain band that plays its own music and tells stories, will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
The band has performed in Door County twice and will play in Madison in October.
Carter’s folk, ballad and mountain roots-style of singing and songwriting has been described as “heartwarming and educational.”
Bench seating is available 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 parade.
After the parade, the UW Marching Band and South Shore Drill Team from Chicago will perform in Memorial Park.
Saturday’s events begin with a car show at 8 a.m. on Van Altena Avenue.
A 10K run and two-mile run/walk will start at 8:30 a.m. in Independence Park. Registration will be from 6:30 to 8 a.m.
The $15 fee includes a T-shirt if available.
The Art Fair on the Green, featuring artisans from throughout the Midwest, will open at 9 a.m.
The West Bend Dance Tumbling Troupe will perform at 11 a.m.
Tim’s Toyz will feature a bungee trampoline, rides, games and face painting from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. An ultimate game tent, featuring games for teens, will be available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A Milwaukee face painter featuring glitter tattoos will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Shout Section Big Band, a 16-piece jazz and rock band that plays hits from the 1950s through today, will take the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
A book sale will be held in the air-conditioned Cedar Grove Library from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
A variety of free activities will be held in the children’s tent from 3 to 7:30 p.m. both days.
Visitors can take a step back in time at the Het Museum, 116 Main St., and TeRonde House, at the corner of Main and Union streets, which will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, a community worship service will be held in Memorial Park.