This year’s Holland Festival features the unique Dutch decor and duds for which the Village of Cedar Grove is known.
The festival runs Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30. Highlights include hand-carved wooden shoes, ethnic foods, a car show and art fair.
The fun begins at 3 p.m. Friday when street scrubbers prepare Van Altena Avenue for the Cedar Grove Klompen dancers, who perform a traditional wooden shoe dance. The burgemeister and town crier will also make appearances.
A book sale runs until 5 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Public Library.
Sieg the Klompenhouwer, the last master wooden shoe carver in America, will hand carve wooden shoes until 5:30 p.m. A free family fun zone featuring ping pong, cornhole, foosball and basketball will run until 8 p.m.
A children’s tent and bingo with free entertainment and prizes runs until 7:30 p.m.
Barely Balanced will perform comedy and acrobatics on Van Altena Avenue from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
The Tri-County New Horizons Band from Saukville will play from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
From 7 to 9 p.m., Hot Sauce from Milwaukee will perform dance grooves from the ’70s through today.
A raffle will be held with the grand prize drawing announced at 9:15 p.m.
On Saturday, a car show on the grass behind the library will start at 8 a.m.
At 8:30 a.m., a two-mile run/walk and 10-kilometer run begins at Independence Park.
The two-mile run starts and finishes at Independence Park, at the corner of Third Street and Ramaker Avenue. The 10K run also starts and ends at the park, and travels on village streets and paved country roads. Registration costs $30.
An art fair featuring crafters from across the Midwest will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Trolley rides providing a tour of Cedar Grove will be available from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A book sale at the library runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free family activities will be available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sieg the Klompenhouwer will hand carve shoes from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The West Bend Dance and Tumbling Troupe will perform at 11 a.m. on Van Altena Avenue.
At 1 p.m., street scrubbers will again ready the road for Klompen Dancers, followed by the festival parade.
After the parade, the University of Wisconsin marching band will perform its famous Fifth Quarter in Memorial Park.
The South Shore Drill Team will perform on Van Altena Avenue, and trolley rides continue after the parade until 6 p.m.
The children’s tent and bingo runs from 3 to 7:30 p.m.
From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., singer/songwriter Adam Linder of Chicago will play old-school blues and folk music.
The Georgia Overdrive Band, a Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award winner, will play high-energy country rock and top 40 country from 7 to 9 p.m.
The grand prize drawing for Saturday’s raffle will be drawn at 9:15 p.m.
On Sunday, the Cedar Grove Ministerial Association will hold a community worship service in Memorial Park at 6 p.m.
Ethnic foods on sale throughout the festival include Dutch worstebroodjes (pigs in a blanket) and oliebollen (doughnut holes). Other foods and beverages will be available.
For more information, go to www.hollandfest.com.
Image Information: STREET CLEANERS WILL be out in force this weekend in preparation for the Klompen dancers at the Holland Festival in Cedar Grove. Press file photo