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Snow Takes Over Tulip Time In Pella

PELLA, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- It's not something you see every year -- snow during Tulip Time.

In fact, in its 78 years, this is the first time Tulip Time Burgemeester Randy Sikkema remembers it ever happening.

"We just want everybody to know that it's okay to come," Randy said.

The weather means cancelled events -- no parade and an empty grandstand -- things people worked hard to prepare for the tens of thousands of visitors that were supposed to come.

"Rather than just call the whole thing off and send everybody home without even trying, we were going to try to put on a show and try to help people who decide to come to have a good time," Randy said.

That's just it. Despite the weather, the people who bundled up said this is the year to go, because it will go down in history.

"There are advantages," Patricia Strait said.

"It's been a different trip. We'll never forget it," Martha Gantzer-Kueter said.

In case you can't stomach the cold, the Dutch ladies inside are happy to share the culture in Pella.

"Last year, there were no tulips, but the weather was wonderful. This year, we have tulips and awful weather," Peggy Pierson said.

Altogether, there are about 250,000 tulips at Tulip Time in Pella. The celebration wraps up this Saturday.
 
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