On the Road: Holland Happening

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comApril 7, 2013 

On the road

Holland Happening

When: April 26-28.

Where: Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island.

What: The City of Oak Harbor presents the 45th annual three-day celebration that honors the community’s Dutch Heritage of Oak Harbor.

Highlights: The event includes a family carnival, a grand parade, barn dance, street fair and the Eagle Run (eaglerun.org), with a 10K and 5K road race and one-mile fun run. In the klompen canal races, participants race their decorated Dutch wooden shoes down a long stream of water.

History: The Oak Harbor area was first occupied by bands of the Skagit tribe. While the city’s founding in the early 1850s is credited to a trio of settlers from Norway, Switzerland and another from New England, Dutch immigrants began to arrive in Oak Harbor in the 1890s. Some of them were disillusioned with life in the upper Midwest, while others came directly from The Netherlands. The first to arrive were 18 Dutch immigrants in 1895. Within two years, the Dutch population reached 200 people.

Cost: Admission is free. Some events might have a cost.

Information: Go to hollandhappening.org.

Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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