Clymer residents and businesses will come together this weekend to celebrate Clymer's Dutch heritage with the village's biennial Tulip Festival.
Events begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with the kinder-parade featuring Clymer schoolchildren riding decorated bicycles, wagons, trikes and other items down Main Street in the village. The Tulip Queen will be crowned at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Clymer Central School performance center, with a Sauerkraut Social and flare lighting event taking place immediately following in the Clymer Town Park.
Saturday is a day full of events, starting with the wooden shoe race at 9 a.m. Those who haven't attended the festival in the past should make a point to be there for the traditional Dutch street scrubbing at 2:30 p.m. Costumed children and adults wearing wooden shoes kick off the parade by washing the streets with water, brooms and pails to get the route ready, carrying on a long-held tradition of the Dutch, who tidied up the streets of their towns with brooms after a long winter. A full schedule of events is available by searching "Clymer Tulip Festival" on Facebook.
Clymer has hosted its Tulip Festival for 61 years - and all these years later the festival is as vibrant as ever. It's something all Chautauqua County residents should experience at least once.