FULTON – The 45th annual Dutch Days celebration will return this Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the city’s downtown.
This year’s theme is “Lest We Forget: Dirk Van Leenen – Holocaust Survivor.” Van Leenen was born in 1940 in the Netherlands, and authored several books on World War II experiences in Holland. He will speak at noon Friday at Fulton Masonic Lodge, 1014 Fourth St., and at 6 p.m. Friday at the EPIC Center, 514 13th Ave; at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Lodge; and 6 p.m. Sunday at a community church service at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 1208 Third Ave.
Activities on Friday and Saturday include arts and crafts vendors, food and concession stands, and Dutch dancing and costumes. A Dutch treasures display, Hindeloopen painting demonstration and sales, and stippling display will be at the Masonic lodge. Tours of de Immigrant Windmill, 415 10th Ave., will be available all day Friday and Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Early American Crafters will portray pioneer living all day Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Canyon, 515 N. Fourth St. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children, with buildings open and manned by reenactors.
On Friday, wooden shoe maker Luke Traver will discuss the art and history of wooden shoe carving at 2:30 p.m. at the Masonic lodge.
On Saturday, the annual Steve Klooster 5K Memorial Walk, Run will start at Denny O’s, 307 10th Ave. Race day registration begins at 6:45 a.m., with the kids’ fun run at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K at 8 a.m. Awards will be given at 9:30 a.m. Go to shawurl.com/3b5u for advance registration and more information.
A classic car display will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fourth Street from 12th to 13th avenues. The Dutch Days parade will start downtown at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Andresen Nature Center will be open Saturday at 409 N. Fourth St., with insect-themed activities. Attendees can make build-and-paint butterfly houses and a butterfly suncatcher craft for $5 each, while supplies last.
A free shuttle service to Heritage Canyon will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, running from the corner of Fourth Street and Ninth Avenue to the canyon. The last pickup will be at 3 p.m. downtown.
Go to cityoffulton.us and click on Tourism or search for Dutch Days and Andresen Nature Center on Facebook for more information.