DeMotte Chamber hosts Touch of Dutch Festival, Parade – Crafters, artisans and food vendors bring free entertainment starting August 9

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Published on June 19, 2019 with No Comments

The DeMotte Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Touch of Dutch Festival and Parade on Friday and Saturday, August 9-10 at Spencer Park in DeMotte. This year’s theme is “What is Your Super Power?”.

The festival will begin on Friday, Aug. 9 at Spencer Park at 5:00 p.m. with a special opening ceremony led by Pastor Ed van Wijk from DeMotte United Methodist Church, who will give an invocation in Dutch and English. Accompaniment by DeMotte Boy Scout Troop 157 will present the colors.

 In addition to crafters, artisans, businesses and food vendors, free entertainment lined up for Friday is the festival’s third annual pet parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. near the fountain.        Applications for these parades are now available on online at    www.DemotteChamber.org/touch-of-dutch.

Live music by The Crawpuppies will take to the bandshell and perform from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Children’s entertainment for the evening will include family mini games and bounce houses by Colby Event Services. Friday events will wrap up at 9:00 p.m.

On Saturday, the Touch of Dutch Parade will take place on Halleck Street (Rte. 231) at 10:00 a.m. Halleck Street will be closed on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Indiana Ballet Theatre will again perform Dutch dancing.

The car show returns this year under the direction and professional judging of Thunder Road out of Lansing, Ill. The car show will run from 9:00 a.m. to 300 p.m. on Saturday.

Stairwell 6 will return to the Touch of Dutch at the bandshell from noon to 1:30 p.m. Bump Fuzzy will entertain from 2-3:30pm. NAWTY will perform from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and the Jimmy Sarr Band will headline at the bandshell from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. All live entertainment is free.

Colby Event Services Bounce Houses and other children’s games and entertainment will return Saturday from noon to 9:00 p.m. TNB Cornhole will be hosting a cornhole tournament at the beer garden. Registration will take place at the beer garden at 12:30 p.m. and bags will fly at 1:00. Cost for the tournament is $30 per team.

Dutch traditions will be found throughout the event. Authentic Dutch pastries will be brought in fresh on Saturday morning and sold by the DeMotte Christian Schools. Olie Bollen will be prepared, once again, by Boy Scout Troop 101 from Lowell. Taste of Holland, an authentic Dutch kitchen from West Mansfield, Ohio, will make the journey to the festival to serve some tasty, authentic Dutch food.

Craft vendors and specialty food vendors will be servicing the festival with all types of goodies. St. Cecilia’s Knights of Columbus will again serve the beer garden, which will be open on Friday from 5:00 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 10:00 p.m.

There is no admission to this two-day event. There is plenty of free parking, with handicap and elderly parking available. Free giveaways from DeMotte Chamber members will take place every 30 minutes at the Chamber booth under the big pavilion. Stop at the Chamber booth to spin the wheel to win free prizes, pick up an official Touch of Dutch shirt, or win some Dutch Guilder to spend among the Touch of Dutch vendors.

Other sponsored events include the 5K Walk & Run Rotary Ramble, sponsored by the DeMotte Rotary on Saturday morning. Trophies for this event are wooden shoes directly from the Netherlands. To obtain Rotary Ramble info or for an application, e-mail rotaryramble@hotmail.com. DeMotte United Methodist Church will serve their popular pancakes and sides at the Church from 7:00 to10:00 a.m.

Saturday’s events will end with a huge fireworks display at dusk. NIPSCO is again sponsoring the fireworks and will have a booth at the main pavilion with games and free giveaways for festival goers.

There is family fun around every corner at this 40-year-old tradition.

Photos will document the day’s activities and can be seen on the official Touch of Dutch   Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/touchofdutch. Photos from last year’s parade and festival can be viewed there now.

Parade entry forms and festival vendor applications are available at www.DemotteChamber.org/touch-of-dutch.

The DeMotte Chamber of Commerce can be contacted at 219-987-5800 or info@demottechamber.org. You can also call or text Diva for more information at 219-405-6840.


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