Going on Faith

AUG-SEP 2016

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going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] 25 [ P E L L A , I OWA ] Located in America's Heartland just 40 miles southeast of Des Moines, Pella is "America's Dutch Treasure." Established in 1847 by Dutch immigrants, Pella is a close-knit, rural community with approximately 10,300 people. Start your exploration at the Scholte House Museum, named after founder Dominie Hendrik Pieter Scholte, which features original antiques, furnishings, paintings and other artifacts. Frontiersman Wyatt Earp, of "Gunfight at the OK Corral" fame, lived the first 13 years of his life here. His story is told at the Earp House by costumed re-enactors. Pella's iconic landmark is the Vermeer Mill. Reportedly the larg- est working grain mill in the United States, its special grain flour is used to bake specialties like the traditional Dutch letters — flaky, almond-filled pastries shaped like an "S." The Mill sits next to the Historical Village Complex, a miniature Dutch Village made up of 100-plus structures that replicates villages in Holland. Tantalizing authentic Dutch smoked meats like jerky and bratwurst are sold at Ulrich's Meat Market, and In't Veld's Meat Market and Opa's Deli invites groups to enjoy staples like the tradi- tional Double Dutch, made with Pella's famous bologna or dried beef, and Gouda cheese, served hot or cold on a raisin bread bun. On the popular working farm tour of Frisian Farms Cheese Shop, you'll see production of its artisan aged and flavored Gouda chees- es, like the classic Dutch Komijnekaas, made with cumin, sun-dried tomato and garlic. According to Jill Vandevoort, director of the Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau, Pella Tulip Time is one of the best times to visit. "Held the first Thursday through Saturday of May, Pella Tulip Time attracts over 150,000 visitors from across the country to enjoy our distinctive cultural heritage and community pride," Vandevoort said. "We have authentic Dutch folk dances, two daily parades and floats some say could be entered into the [Pasadena] Rose Parade. The whole festival really comes together because of our shared community values." Annual events include the Lake Red Rock Balloon Fest in June and the Herfst Feest (Harvest Fest) in September. Next year, in a nod to the famous outdoor Christmas markets in the Netherlands, Pella will hold its inaugural Kerstmarkt of Pella. The event highlights Pella's wealth of Dutch history and heritage, and will feature arts and crafts, gifts, culinary specialties, an ice-skating rink and other activities. www.pella.org By Dan Irving, courtesy Holland VB Painting wooden shoes in Holland

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